Oversized Mason Challenge Special Order Merganser Hen
Copied After Ben Smith, Martha's Vineyard, MA, Ca. Early 1900's

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Rare example in evenly worn original paint. Slightly turned head to the right. Some neck filler is replaced. Carries the "M. Luce Jr" brand.

Mason offered to duplicate any carver's work as a special order.

Ben Smith had a strong influence on the decoy carving of Keyes Chadwick.

See chapter on Mason special orders in our book beginning on page 113.

18" long.

ITEM # 20833