Caption: "The Delaware River provided a rich habitat for ducks such as pintails, mallards, teal, widgeon and black ducks. John Blair is considered to be the most important of the Delaware River makers. A carriage maker and sportsman, Blair supplied vehicles to prominent Philadelphians in the years following the Civil War, and became the most notable of the area's decoy maker."
Reference: Guyette & Schmidt, Inc., H. Huster and D. Knight, Folating Sculpture, The Decoys of the Delaware River, Spanish Fork, 1982.
JOHN BLAIR, SR., PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, CIRCA 1880
AN EXTREMELY RARE GADWALL HEN
John Blair, Sr., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Circa 1880
Hollow carved, one of the few examples known, Davison B. Hawthorne Collection stamped on underside
Condition is outstanding and orginal in all respects