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VINTAGE NC ARTIST DECOYS - MIDGETT +

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Mallard Drake and Hen and Pintail Drake all on Driftwood by Bob Midgett (1909-1987) of North Carolina in addition there is a Wood Duck carved by Rachael in 1982, one of the American Waterfowl Series and a unmarked Bufflehead. All have glass eyes. Mallards 10"x8"x6". Bufflehead 8 1/2" long. Pintail 8" in wood and Wood Duck 8 1/2". Weight on all 4 pds. Dare County is considered by many decoy collectors and historians as the epicenter of North Carolina working decoy carving. Bounded by the Pamlico, Croatan and Albemarle Sounds and on the banks of the Atlantic Ocean, Dare County has been home for generations of families that made a living boat building, fishing and duck hunting. Following the end of market hunting in 1918, numerous hunt clubs for sports hunters were built in the shallow marshes and tidal flats. Clair Midgett (dates unknown) a local carver, hunter and guide, operated a modest hunt club on Oregon Inlet from 1915 until 1940. Tom Midgett (1840 -1860), an early sustenance and market hunter is credited by some as being the maker of North Carolina's oldest documented mallard decoy. Marvin Midgett (1866 - 1971), a coast guardsman, supplemented his income by selling decoys to local hunters and hunt clubs. Monroe Midgett (1898 - 1976) and son Bob Midgett (1909 - 1987) maintained a portable hunting platform on a houseboat on Oregon Inlet. Neal Midgett (dates unknown) from Hatteras was a well known carver of "above average" skill.

Condition

good, some pint scrapes to top of Rachael duck

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VINTAGE NC ARTIST DECOYS - MIDGETT +

Estimate $125 - $200Mar 25, 2018
918-E Lansing Drive
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
United States
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