Common Eider Drake and Hen Pair
Augustus Wilson, So. Portland, ME, Ca. 1920's

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Gunning rigmates with classic Maine inletted necks in excellent original condition. Hen's head is turned 45 degrees to the right. Minor tight age shrinkage cracks.

Pike Rig of Lubec, Maine, from which some of the best Wilson's were found.

Jacob Clark Pike (1854 – 1928), Lubec, Maine, was a highly industrious man who went to sea at age 14 and later rose to captain. After 17 years he retired from seafaring to become a pioneer in the sardine canning industry, beginning his first business venture as Parker & Pike Co. He played a major role in Lubec, Maine and served in the Maine Legislature. During this time, he was also a serious waterfowl hunter, and numerous decoys have turned up with the Pike brand, including some by Gus Wilson. The Wilson decoys are well-regarded by collectors for their classic form and exceptional condition.

17 1/2" long (each).

ITEM # 18863