245: Pintail Drake
Charles S. Schoenheider, Sr. (1854-1924)
Peoria, IL, c. 1890
An early hollow Illinois River decoy exhibiting fine form, detailed paint, and a painted stencil number “487” on the underside. One of the earliest and most famous decoy makers of the area, Schoenheider often marked the underside of his decoys with painted stencils.
In original paint with craquelure, minor flaking, and gunning wear.
Paul W. Parmalee and Forrest D. Loomis, "Decoys and Decoy Carvers of Illinois," DeKalb, IL, 1969, p. 332, plate 284, similar decoy illustrated. Alan G. Haid, "Decoys of the Mississippi River," Exton, PA, 1981, p. 164, similar decoy