Lou Shifferl Red Breasted Merganser Drake Decoy

Very nicely carved and painted preening Red Breasted Merganser by noted decoy maker Lou Schifferl of Neenah, Wisconsin. Schifferl was born in 1931 and died in 2021. He was a hunter and decoy collector before starting to carve his own decoys. He had worked as an artist and made an easy transition into painting the decoys he carved. Soon he had a booming business going selling his finished decoys in the U.S. and abroad. This decoy is would have been used as a decorative one rather than a working decoy and is signed by him on the bottom of the block. It is in very good original condition, with only a few very minor touch ups of paint on the head where rubs had occurred. Mergansers eat fish and therefore are not the most desirable dining fare. Nonetheless their decoys are often employed as "confidence decoys" to assure other ducks that it is safe to land. A drake Red Breasted Merganser is a very beautiful bird and Schifferl did it justice in this carving. (CQ-6)
 
$495
 
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Lou Shifferl Red Breasted Merganser Drake Decoy
 
Lou Shifferl Red Breasted Merganser Drake Decoy
 
Lou Shifferl Red Breasted Merganser Drake Decoy
 
Lou Shifferl Red Breasted Merganser Drake Decoy

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