This gorgeous duck decoy was hand-crafted by New England artisan Captain Harry K. Jobes in the mid-1970s, and it was acquired at a Wellfleet, Massachusetts estate sale in 2010.
New England, now known as the decoy capital of the world, has spawned an entire dynasty of decoys as well as decoy carvers. Decades ago, little did gunners know that the hundreds of decoys that they chopped at their workbenches in their spare time for hunting season would one day be considered a valuable artwork. Fortunately, many of the earliest carver’s works have been discovered in abandoned barns and cluttered attics and have been preserved for today’s appreciative collectors. And, like all true art, the skills involved in creating these counterfeit ducks have also been passed down from earlier generations to today’s carvers. The decoys of Captain Harry Jobes are exquisite examples of such superb New England craftsmanship.
Colored in dark brown, gray, green and red, and with bright yellow eyes, this stunning duck decoy depicts a duck in the natural position of its head turned to rest on its back. Etched into the wood are details of duck feathers. The decoy is in great vintage condition, with but a few wear marks. A small chain is attached to the underneath of the decoy so that it does not go adrift in the water to lure ducks while hunting. The etched and penned signature of the carver appear on the bottom of the decoy.
This graceful duck decoy would make an ideal gift for the hunting enthusiast or collector of vintage decoys.