February had two members bring three of their favorite decoys to the meeting. The first member to show her decoys was Mary Meyer. Her first and second decoys were a pair of natural cork Broadbills. They were held together with square wood peg dowels and have inletted heads. Mary said that her father acquired them along with three others from an old barn in Southampton circa 1966-1968. Although the carver of these decoys is unknown, she likes them for their folksy charm, that they are well crafted and that they are authentic.
The third decoy she showed was a Broadbill sleeper hen. It has a solid body with a deep weighted keel. The decoy is from the Huntington Long Island area. Many years ago Mary’s father purchased the Brush Rig from John Brush, who was the President of The Huntington State Bank. She doesn’t know who carved the decoy, but it is branded with the initials “E F H”. Mary wondered if it could it be the famous “E. F. Hutton?” After all, he was known to be a hunter. It is one of Mary’s favorite decoys, because as she put it, “It is a lovely little sleeper hen.”
Thank you Mary for bringing in your favorite three decoys to share with us. And just like EF Hutton, when you spoke we listened.
Our second favorite three speaker was Jim Romansky. The first decoy he showed was an Ira Hudson Pintail drake. It was made of wood in the year 1920. And although Ira Hudson carved it, Miles Hancock painted it.
The second decoy he showed was a wooden drake Pintail. This decoy was carved in 1940 by Miles Hancock and painted by Ira Hudson. Both men lived and worked in Chincoteague, Virginia. Jim likes them for the uniqueness of being carved by one man and painted by the other and visa-versa.
The third decoy Jim showed was a colorful ceremonial decoy from Bali Indonesia. Jim doesn’t have any idea who carved it but he appreciated that his sister-in-law, who knows that he collects decoys brought it back from Bali for him.
Thanks to Jim for bringing in your favorite three decoys with their intertwining stories and foreign land history.