Graves Mallard Hen Decoy
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A carved and painted mallard hen decoy; a lead keel weight on the bottom reads "B GRAVES DECOY". The body is painted various shades of brown with a dark patch on the wings. The head is turned back with the beak resting on its back. Dimensions are 14" l x 7-1/2" h x 5-1/2" with The mate is LVM1994.006.001. Graves was a professional carpenter and boat builder, working in a building behind his home. He was an active hunter and considered one of the best decoy carvers in the Midwest, producing well-proportioned examples similar in quality to those of Robert Elliston. His clients were affluent duck hunters willing to pay $75 to $100 for a rig of twelve decoys. Graves did not paint his decoys, but benefited from the skills of Millie Graves, his sister-in-law who did most of the painting and that of Catherine Elliston, Robert's wife. As a result, Graves' decoys are known for their exquisite featheration. How we learn about communities; American communities in history 16 History; 18 Social Systems; 25-27 Fine Arts
|Graves, G. Bert, 1887-1956, Graves, Millie|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Library|
Graves, G. Bert, 1887-1956
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