The form on this decoy is as good as it gets and the decoy is exceptionally well-carved. I personally think this is Strey at his best. Look at the great form and sweep of the neck, exceptional.
If it doesn't sell before the listing ends, I will keep it in my collection! See photos for the most accurate depiction. I have done my best to document this decoy through both the text above and the photographs.
I will do my best to accommodate any and all requests. The decoy you are seeing is the exact one you will be getting, therefore, there should be no surprises if you have taken the time to scroll through all the photos and read the text. Unless the decoy is listed in 100% original paint, expect some old hunter touch-up. Almost every single decoy I have for sale was in fact a working decoy part of a larger rig and subject to typical gunning wear including rubs that were typically touched-up between hunting seasons as a way to pass the time during the off-season.Some of these decoys are more than 100 years old and over the course of many hunting seasons it is bound to happen. Frank Strey is perhaps the most well-known carver from Wisconsin. Born in 890, Strey produced decoys from roughly 1910 to 1960. Most of his decoys have very graceful necks and his decoy were all made from solid wood.
Strey carved many divers, and some of his most famous decoys are canvasbacks. I say most because as you see some decoys will have a modest/fair-market reserve.
Call it down-sizing if you will. If a decoy doesn't meet reserve, let's talk. NOTE: As with most sporting collectibles, along with being a great addition to a game room or home decor, vintage decoys have shown to be a sound investment that seldom decrease in value. Each decoy is truly a One-Of-A-Kind item as no two hand-carved decoys are exactly alike and with so few available decoys from each carver, as time passes, they will surely only increase in value.Be sure to add my to your favorite sellers/searches. I have many more decoys to add from all regions including the Chesapeake Bay, Ontario, Quebec, Michigan, New York, Illinois, the St. The item "Exceptional Frank Strey Drake Bluebill Duck Decoy, His Best Form Oshkosh, Wi" is in sale since Sunday, September 5, 2021. This item is in the category "Sporting Goods\Hunting\Vintage Hunting\Duck Decoys".
The seller is "dckhuntr" and is located in Butler, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped to United States.