Gus Wilson Flying Bufflehead

by Gus Wilson (1864-1950)

South Portland, Maine

Gus was a modest lighthouse keeper. His decoys are in The Shelburne Museum in Vermont, which has the largest collection in the country, as well as the Museum of Folk Arts in Boston. Gus is considered the state's premier decoy maker. He carved the birds with Boy Scout knives, which he bought four at a time. He painted them with whatever he had on hand, sometimes even shiny automobile paint, which he then had to sand to take the gloss off. This one of a kind Flying bufflehead drake retains its original paint.

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Condition: Very good, with minor wear.
Dimensions: 21" wing span
Circa: 1st half 20th Century
Part Number: 9130OAHH

Price: $5,800