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This is a very early model of a Canvasback decoy by John "Daddy" Holly (1818-1892) from Havre de Grace, MD, who wad the father of the Harford County style of Upper Chesapeake Bay gunning decoys. The X-Ray shows that the head is original to the body, and it shows the inverted nail which the maker often drove into the bottom of the head before attaching the body to the head; this was presumably done to strengthen the neck to avoid neck cracks during use. I have not been able to identify the person who is represented by the "S" brands. The incised eyes are another detail that doesn't appear on many upper bay decoys; but a number of Daddy Holly decoys do exhibit this feature.

If not satisfied, return for full refund (less credit card fees if paid by credit card).


Buyer will pay only exact shipping cost--no handling fees. 

Daddy Holly Canvasback Drake, branded, incised eyes


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    Please look carefully at ALL photos of the decoys.  We try very hard to describe accurately the physical appearance (including any blemishes) of the decoys we sell.  Still, if you are dissatisfied with your purchase after you receive it, you may return it for a full refund (less fees if you paid by credit card) as long as the decoy is returned within two weeks in the same condition that it was in when shipped to you. You are responsible for shipping costs for returns.

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