The October favorite three speaker was Joe Jannsen. The first decoys Joe showed was a Stephen Baldwin Merganser Hen. The decoy has carved eyes and saw tooth carving at the base of the bill. It had been sold previously through a Guyette and Schmidt auction, but Joe was able to get it from a dealer who was going out of business. When originally purchased, it was attributed to Henry Osborne of Bellport, NY. Joe said that he is fond of mergansers and this decoy is one of his favorites.
The second decoy Joe showed was a Redhead Drake by Charles Sumner Bunn of the Shinnecock Indian Reservation in Southampton New York. This decoy has some typical characteristics of Bunn decoys. A hollow body, inletted head and a lead weight screwed into the bottom. Bunn would leave a bump or high spot in the lower body half to screw the weight into. This decoy has BUNN carved into the bottom indicating that it was from his personal rig. This decoy was sold in 1973 Bill Mackey auction and then in the 1993 Mort Hansen auction as the work of William Bowman. At the 2014 Copley auction this decoy was sold as the work of Charles Sumner Bunn.
The third decoy Joe brought in was a Caleb Carman Broadbill Hen. Although Joe has about six decoys by the Carman Family, this is his favorite. It has carved eyes, a cut above the tail which is seen in many of the Carmen attributed decoys. This decoy has more carving detail with some wing delineation visible and carries the C. CARMEN brand. Joe purchased this decoy from eBay several years with another C. CARMEN branded decoy.
Thank you Joe for bringing in three of your favorite decoys and sharing their stories with us.
Next up is John Griffiths and his favorite three decoys for the December meeting.
(Reminder, if you are scheduled to talk about your favorite three decoys but will not be able to attend the meeting, please contact George Munkert or Kate Sohm so they can get a replacement for the meeting.)