There are several million gadwall ducks in the U.S., but seemingly very few gadwall decoy carvings, let alone a pair of them. Hand carved and finely hand painted, the solid wood hen and drake are half-size decoys; actual gadwalls measure 18 to 20 inches long. The male, on the right in photograph #1, is depicted in plumage very similar to the female, which indicates that he has molted after the breeding season. The female is distinguished by her orange and black bill and her high forehead. The deeply carved wing feathers and tail on both are well-executed and the meticulous matte paint job is intricate and very handsome.
The hen carving measures 9 1/2 inches long, 4 3/4 inches tall and weighs 3/4 pound. The drake weighs 10 ounces, measures 10 1/2 inches long and 4 inches tall. Both have tiny glass eyes and, while the hen is not marked, the drake has the word "GADWALL" inscribed in pencil on the underside, with the date "12-14-81", also in pencil. Both carvings are in excellent condition, with no cracks, chips or breaks. This is good-looking pair of ducks, not commonly found and a great size for display.