This is a pair of golden eyes or whistlers as they are also called. This is a very rare pair by William H. Smith Out of Stony Brook Long Island New York He was Known as one of the early carvers in that area. They were made between 1910 and 1925 they are in fantastic shape for there age. They are all original paint no touch ups at all, they have painted eyes.
The heads are attached with a dowel through the top of the head down into the body, the bodies are solid and are made of hardwood and are very dense. They are very heavy decoys for there size and like a rock structurally.There are two anchor ties on each decoy one on the front and one on the back, there is a small 1 inch crack on both of the front anchors on both decoys. The hen decoy has a shot mark on the rear of her tail right side and a little bit of paint missing on her back. The drake has a little 3 inch scratch on his right side, Both have some paint loss to the top edges of there head. These decoys were carved by him and painted by his wife Edna she was a amateur listed artist there are pics up above stating how she blended the paint and a little more detail about William himself. The book that tells about him is gunners paradise printed in 1979 the book is about wildfowling and decoys of Long island. This is one of the nicest set of early American decoys I have had they will not disappoint and very tough to find in a match pair. I work 2 week on then have 2 weeks off. The item "Whistler Decoys by William H. Smith of Stony Brook Long Island 1910-25" is in sale since Monday, September 2, 2019. This item is in the category "Sporting Goods\Hunting\Vintage Hunting\Duck Decoys". The seller is "sculpy2003" and is located in Grande Prairie, Alberta. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America.