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The first 3 photos show a blue bill pair by Addie Nichol, Smith's Falls, ON, Canada, made c. 1925. Meticulous, detailed carving for something meant solely for hunting. Light, hollow-carved, with a thin-shelled body and inset bottom board, these decoys weigh about half a pound. These exact decoys are pictured and described in the book "Nichol Decoys: The Smiths Falls School of Carving", by Gates, Mewburn & Reeve, the authoritative resource material on decoys of this area. The last photo shows a pair of hooded mergansers reputedly made by Sam Hutchings, c, 1910, although there is reason to believe they are a generation older, and perhaps by an earlier member of the family. Only a dozen known to exist, and uniquely made with their cross-hatched surface carving. Hutchings lived near Chaffey's Locks, ON, on the Rideau Canal system.

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  1. Benking, 3 years ago
    Very, very interesting Bush!

    I must visit you one day!

    Any others in your duck collection?

    Do you know about the Lariviere duck decoy?
  2. bushrat bushrat, 3 years ago
    I have about 18 decoys now; once had closer to 80, but shifted my collecting interests to other things. Don't know much about Lariviere decoys; Quebec or Louisiana???
  3. Benking, 3 years ago
    Lariviere, yes Quebec, plus USA mainly North same place as you!

    He also sculpted a boat model....
  4. bushrat bushrat, 3 years ago
    Thanks also to pick, walksoftly and scandinavian

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