Rare! Mason Challenge Common Merganser Hen Decoy
Ca. 1910

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Excellent original condition with strong original paint and NO tail chip. Paint (not wood) wear on base only, likely from dragging through the marsh to reach the blind. Tight factory back seam. No open checks.

Almost all Mason merganser drake decoys are common or American, figuring one model would substitute for both commmon and redbreasted. The hens were painted solid brown above their waterline. In fact, the species are differentiated by a white chest on the common hen. This example, and perhaps 5-6 others I have seen, has a more accurate white throat consistent with a common merganser hen.

See our "Mason Decoys" book, page 73, for a similar example.

Just over 17" long.

ITEM # 20884