Brant were a popular species for the decoy makers of the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Nathan Cobb, Ira Hudson, Eli Doughty, Dave "Umbrella" Watson, Charles Birch, and Walter Brady all made numerous brant decoys each in the carver's particular style. Prime brant examples by these early carvers regularly hammer for five and six figures at the major decoy auctions and are found in all major decoy collections.
Due to heavy use, many are in working repaint and show body and neck crack repairs. Hollow examples are especially desireable. Watson was a waterman, oyster fisherman, hunting guide, and decoy maker and got his unique nickname from his peculiar habit of carrying an umbrella at all times. His decoys are noted for their Jersey influence, being hollowed and more graceful in form that the typical Eastern Shore decoys.This brant is in old working repaint and has a tight neck crack. The form is outstanding with a high alert head pose, full cheeks, and the "brow" carving over the eyes.
Weight and leather line tie attached to the bottom. Measures appoximately 16 inches in length. Reasonable offers will be considered.
The item "HOLLOW BRANT DAVE UMBRELLA WATSON, CHINCOTEAGUE, VIRGINIA DECOY" is in sale since Wednesday, May 5, 2021. This item is in the category "Sporting Goods\Hunting\Vintage Hunting\Duck Decoys". The seller is "pmj55" and is located in Troy, Ohio. This item can be shipped to United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Panama, Jamaica, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay.