This is 1948 Ward brothers drake Bluebill (lesser Scaup) decoy. This decoy is solid with a tight neck joint, solid keel and solid tail. There are minor imperfections to the paint and the body from use as a gunning decoy. Some paint chipping at neck/ body joint. Great scratch paint and texture for the vermiculation on the back.
Signatures by Lem and Steve Ward are authentic and have been verified by the Ward museum in Salisbury, Maryland. This decoy has a 1975 repaint.
This was a working decoy that shows its age and use extremely well. This will be a fantastic addition to any waterfowl art collection. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. The item "Ward Brothers Duck Decoy 1948 Bluebill Drake. Signed By Lem & Steve Ward" is in sale since Saturday, October 13, 2018.This item is in the category "Sporting Goods\Hunting\Vintage Hunting\Duck Decoys". The seller is "chesapeakedeek" and is located in Delmar, Maryland. This item can be shipped to United States.