Duck decoys were historically carved from wood, often Atlantic white cedar wood on the east coast of the US from Maine to South Carolina, or cork. Modern ones may also be made of canvas and plastic. They are usually painted, often elaborately and very accurately, to resemble various kinds of waterfowl.
How do you identify vintage duck decoys?
Vintage waterfowl decoys often have glass eyes. Check the bottom of the decoy. Some carvers carved their initials and date the decoy was made into the bottom of the decoy. Factory-made decoys almost always have this information stamped onto a metal tag on the bottom of the decoy.
What are old duck decoys?
Duck decoys were carved from real wood or made from plastic in the shape of a real duck. North American hunters placed up to 100 decoys in an area where they intended to hunt in an effort to attract real ducks.
What are decoys made of?
Wood and cork are traditional materials for making decoys, but both pale in performance to plastic and solid foam decoys. Wood and cork decoys are heavy and very pricey. Some traditionalist hunters still prefer them, especially cork decoys, which ride well in rough water.
Are old duck decoys worth money?
“The reason valuable decoys are so valuable is because 90 percent of them were repainted or had their heads broken off, so the ones that are left in good condition are the best ones and go for high prices.” According to Guyette, most of the decoys he sees in appraisals are worth about $100.
What’s the most expensive duck?
The most expensive duck was sold for a price of £1,500 ($2,400) at an auction at the Park Hall Showground in Oswestry, Shropshire, UK, on 21 October 2012.