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Perdew Mallard Hen Decoy
Perdew Mallard Hen Decoy
Resource Typeimage
TitlePerdew Mallard Hen Decoy
Coverage / Yearc. 1945; Henry, Illinois
DescriptionA mallard hen duck decoy of polychromed carved wood with a lead keel weight on the bottom that reads "HENRY...PERDEW...ILL". The hen is varying shades of brown with a blue patch on each wing. Dimensions are 16" l x 6-1/2" h x 5-3/4" with See LVM1989.008.001 for the drake.
InterpretationCharles Perdew is the most widely known prolific and diversified carver in the Midwest. He began carving decoys at age 14 and hunted game for the Chicago restaurant and retail market as a teenager. He worked briefly at a Chicago meat packing plant and then as a carpenter on construction of the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. While in Chicago, Perdew attended painting classes at the Art Institute of Chicago. Perdew returned to Henry, IL in 1898, working as a gunsmith and opening a bicycle livery and repair shop. He gained a national reputation for his duck and crow decoys and calls; he also produced decorative miniatures and a double-bowed hunting boat that allowed the rower to face forward. Perdew carved nearly every native species, with mallards the most numerous. The wild mallard is the ancestor of all of our domestic ducks with the exception of the Muscovy; it is probably the most widely known wild duck in North America. They are the most prominent of the many wildfowl species that migrate through the Illinois River Valley each year. For that reason, hunters use more mallard decoys than any other kind, and nearly every decoy carver made more mallards than other species. The decoys usually came in pairs of drake and hen.
Lesson Plans / ThemesHow we learn about communities; American communities in history;
Learning Standards16 History; 18 Social Systems; 25-27 Fine Arts;
Author or CreatorPerdew, Charles Henry, 1874-1963;
SourcePurchased by Lakeview Museum with matching funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. David E. Connor and Mr. and Mrs. Merle H. Glick
Subject / KeywordsDecoys; Carving; Illinois River; Ducks; Hunting; Perdew, Charles, 1874-1963;
Collection PublisherLakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences;
Further InformationFor any further information related to this record, please contact the Collection Publisher. See for more information about this project.
Rights Management Statement
Resource IdentifierLVM1989.008.002
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