Mallard Drake Duck Decoy by Fred Mooney of Oregon
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This large mallard drake was hand carved of a solid block of pine by Fred Mooney of Springfield, Oregon. The back and tail feathers are painstakingly carved and textured and he even included the nares (nostril holes) and the nail or bean (the protruding tip under the lower bill) on the duck's head. Mooney used glass eyes that have irises for a realistic look, along with a good-looking paint job. The bottom of the bird has his distinctive signature marks, applied with a wood-burning tool. This carving is number 73 for Mooney, finished on July 25, 1994 in Springfield, OR. Along with the great smiling moon face that incorporates the word Mooney, he signed his name in pencil, also---a man justly proud of his work!
The typical size of a mallard male, nicknamed a "Greenhead," runs about 20 to 26 inches long. This carving is 16 inches long, so it's about 2/3 to 3/4 size of the real thing. He's broad breasted, about 6 inches across at the widest point and has a nice high rounded back. To the top of his head he is 6 inches tall and weighs a solid 2 1/2 pounds. He's in very good condition, with tiny scratches in the paint here and there and a bit of paint rubbing on the tip of the bill, but no chips, breaks or missing pieces and little overall paint wear. This was not, of course, a working decoy, but rather a handsome sculpture and a fine example of the carver's art.