A painted ringneck drake decoy carved by Charles Perdew. There are holes in the bottom where a keel weight would attach. The drake is brown on its back with a black chest and head area. The underside is greyish-brown. The head is turned slightly to the side. Dimensions are 12-1/4" l x 6-3/4" h x 5-1/2" with The mate is LVM1993.011.002. Charles Perdew is the most widely known prolific and diversified carver in the Midwest. He began carving decoys at age 14 and hunted game for the Chicago restaurant and retail market as a teenager. He worked briefly at a Chicago meat packing plant and then as a carpenter on construction of the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. While in Chicago, Perdew attended painting classes at the Art Institute of Chicago. Perdew returned to Henry, IL in 1898, working as a gunsmith and opening a bicycle livery and repair shop. He gained a national reputation for his duck and crow decoys and calls; he also produced decorative miniatures and a double-bowed hunting boat that allowed the rower to face forward. Perdew carved nearly every native species, with mallards the most numerous. The decoys usually came in pairs of drake and hen. How we learn about communities; American communities in history. 16 History; 18 Social Systems; 25-27 Fine Arts.