This page will be devoted to images of great decoys. Believe this a good way to share our collection with new collectors. I invite other collectors to send me slideshows of their favorite decoys to share with us here. Many of the older, No let's say seasoned, collectors have wonderful birds in their collections that rarely leave their shelves. It is important to show new collectors good images so they can learn...and I'm sure all collectors enjoy looking at great decoys! My first slide show features Charlie Perdew crow decoys, simply because I had images on file. From time to time, I will add more slideshows. I use my Facebook albums for my slideshows so the view can simply click arrows on either side of an image to progress or go back to the previous image.
Charles Perdew supplied many hunters with crow decoys and calls. His Crows were carved out of native pine. All had glass eyes and wire legs. Crows made by his son, Haddon, using Charlie's patterns can be identified by a small brass plate stamped PERDEW between the wire legs. Telltale tiny nail holes can alert buyers to this fact. Charlie's earliest crow decoys were hollow but he soon learned it was hard to stabilize the wire legs in the hollow bodies. Later leg joints were reinforced by bending the wire against a solid body and adding a heavy staple to hold the leg fast. Charlie painted his crows simply flat black. Some crows were then flocked either including the head or leaving the head plain or adding a high gloss finish to the head. His mechanical crow decoys have the moving mechanism encased in the hollow body. Charlie improved the wing design on each of these mechanical decoys making them more and more realistic. The latest known example of his mechanical crow decoys has all internal mechanisms operated with the pull of a cord. The mouth opens and the wings with pressed-in feathering detail flap.
This slideshow features the various Perdew mallard decoys in our collection. Charlie produced mallard for the Illinois River hunters until his death in 1963. Edna painted most of his carving prior to the 1940s when illness stopped her work. The difference between the painting styles of these two artisans is obvious especially when seen together. The gradual change in Charlie's carving is also noticeable. Hope you enjoy the show!
Charles Walker produced hunting decoys almost exclusively for the prestious Princeton Game & Fish Club. His decoys are recognized as some of the finest Illinois River birds. Charles Walker decoys