Northern Pintail Duck Solid Wood Decoy
This large, solid pine decoy is a model of a Northern Pintail drake. With its distinctive long tail, inletted head held high and shapely body, this is a well-carved bird. Hand painted in the colors of a male in breeding season, it has a brown head, black bill and alligatored white chest. Sourced from a Florida collector, the decoy has been well-used over the years.
The decoy is two-thirds size of an actual pintail duck. Measuring 18 inches long, 7 1/4 inches tall to the top of the head and about 5 1/2 inches across the breast, it weighs 2 pounds. As you can see, the paint is worn but still mostly intact. The bottom retains its metal plate attached with rusted nails and has the initials N.S. carved into the wood. There is a nail at the front of the breast and one on the top of the head. It's a great-looking old decoy that displays handsomely.