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.
Ralph Malpage is a well-known carver from London, ontario who carved up until his passing in 2017. He is well-known from carving the Wragg Burrel style with a raspy finish and excellent form. Many of Malpage's decoys exhibit a head that looks slightly too small for the body, but Malpage made that feature work creating a pleasing working decoy that looked excellent on the water.Many of his decoy are still in-use today at hunting clubs in Ontario as his work was in high demand his entire carving career. 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 "Ralph Malpage Drake Mallard Duck Decoy, London Ontario 1979. Ralph at His Best" is in sale since Sunday, January 6, 2019. 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, Canada.