Erik Nitsche: Redhead Duck Decoy
Artist: Erik Nitsche
With a distinctive round, red-brown head -- for which this water bird is named -- and an eye-catching black chest, gray wing stripe and blue bill with black tip, the Redhead Duck is certainly among the most beautiful of America's diving ducks. And the antique decoys used to imitate these striking wild ducks are among the most distinctive of all the American decoys carved around the turn of the century. The master decoy carvers took great care to ensure that their Redhead decoys reflected the distinctive shape and plumage of the beautiful living birds. Indeed, when the early waterfowlers set their decoys out in a lake, entire flocks of passing Redheads approached convinced that all was safe and well. As the birds were hunted more heavily and became increasingly wary, the carvers added even more detail to their beautiful wooden replicas, for they felt that the more realistic they made their decoys ... the longer the wild ducks would stay among the decoys. Later, as laws limiting waterfowl hunting were passed many of these beautifully detailed decoys were abandoned. It has only been in recent years, that these antique decoys have been greatly sought after as one of the true forms of American Folk Art.
This artwork was originally published on the Fleetwood® First Day Cover for the U.S. 22¢ Folk Art Duck Decoys Redhead Duck Decoy stamp issued March 22, 1985.
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