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Wooden Duck Decoy pair Mallard and Hembry with glass eyes. Both are carved by award winning Jack Cox, a native of Elizabeth City NC.
The Mallard is painted and signed by C.Lucas (1988)
The Hembry is painted and signed R. Henry ( 1988)
Both are etched by Jack Cox.
From the bill to tail, these about approx 17 inches and 7 inches tall. Both have been stored and preserved well.

(See more about the origins of decoys below)
Duck decoys are said to be an American art form indigenous to the United States.
In earlier days of waterfowl hunting, it was more a business than a sport for the locals. Either they would guide wealthy hunters from the north or shoot ducks by the hundreds in one day to sell as delicacies to northern restaurants.

Boat builders and duck hunters hacked out rough shapes with hatchets and rounded them off with wood rasps. Decoys often were made larger than life-size to be better seen by fast-flying ducks at long distances.

In most cases, the necks were extra thick for durability. Hunters grabbed the decoys by the heads and necks and stacked them by the dozens into their boats. They almost never took the time to paint feather patterns and eyes.

Decades later, many of the same decoys were stored in barns and sheds, replaced by decoys made of modern synthetic materials, until collectors began gathering them.

Vintage Wooden Duck Decoy Pair - Mallard and Hembry - Jack Cox


  • Materials: wooden duck decoy, jack cox wooden duck, elizabeth city nc, world wildlife federation, nc wildlife, southeastern wildlife, wood carving, wooden duck
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