The November favorite three speaker was Gordon Kelley. He said that he likes all the decoys he owns and that he has lots of favorites. He did manage to select three of his decoys to bring to the meeting and share with us.
The first decoy Gordon showed was a Root Head Goose made of wood. He doesn’t know who carved it, but he does know that he bought this decoy in Speonk in 1973 or 1974. A local fellow down on his luck was selling it for $20. Gordon gave the man all the money he had on him, which was 28 dollars and some change. He likes it because it’s old with a lot of character and that it is a true old working bird.
The second decoy Gordon showed was a Drake Broadbill made by John Belick of Remsenburg, New York. It is from the 1940’s, made of natural cork and has a wood head. Gordon got this decoy from a friend who hunted with John in the 1940’s and 1950’s. This is a favorite of Gordons’ because it has a lot of “attitude” and came from a good friend.
The third decoy Gordon showed was a natural cork Black Duck by Bellport carver John Boyce.
This decoy was given to Gordon by Dick Richardson. It has Dick’s father’s brand “HPR’ on it and was hunted over by Dick, his brother and his father. It was a Christmas present a few years ago and Gordon likes it because it was a special present from a special friend.
Thank you to Gordon for selecting three of his favorite decoys from his collection and bringing them to the meeting to show and share their heartwarming stories with us.
Next up will be Bill Schlegel with his favorite three decoys for the January 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.)