Rare Clayton Para Trenton, Ontario Redhead Duck Decoy. A very rare find, this redhead deocy was found with a rig of Para teal decoys. Typically that is a good start for attribution, and when you couple with that the unique countersunk line tie found on all Para decoys and on this redhead, it certainly helps to cement the maker's name to the decoy.
This decoy is very well carved with a well-formed head and neck that give it a bit of attitude. The paint on this decoy is also very well-done, with great swirls, transitions, and color scheme.
Check out the detailed photos of the unique para line attachment. A great find from a very collectible maker. Exceptional and original as shown in the photos. Has typical/expected wear for a true gunning decoy with some buried shot too boot! Full disclosure, the head may have a second early coat of paint, I don't believe that it does, but I waffle back and forth between yes or no.
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. Some information extracted form this book about Para is below. Para was a barber by trade in Trenton, a logger in Penetanguishene, and a commercial fisherman in the Bay of Quinte. He made all solid-bodies decoys fitted with a unique and recognizable line attachment that was countersunk flush with the bottom. Trenton wasn't a commercial decoy carver, he carved decoys for his own rig and the rigs of his friends. 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 "Clayton Para Drake Redhead Duck Decoy, Exceptional Paint & Very Rare Trenton, On" is in sale since Saturday, October 5, 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.