Charles Nelson Barnard (1876-1958) of Havre de Grace, MD, spent most of his life working on the water as a gunner and fisherman. He made, some would say, the quintessential style for Chesapeake Bay decoys--large bodies with reared back heads that ranged from 3 inches to over 6 inches high.
This decoy is an example of his "medium high" heads. It was probably made in the first quarter of the twentieth century, and it has been repainted by Paul Gibson, another well-known Havre de Grace decoy maker.
It has a brand in the form of hand cut initials and last name of one of its owners. The name isn't completely legible currently; but with some careful work with some paint remover, I think that the entire name will be visible.
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