John Graham (1822-1912) is known as the father of the Charlestown (or Cecil County) style of decoy making. Decoys from this area generally feature a shelf carved on the body for the head to sit on, a tail that extends straight back (no flip upwards) along the chine line of the decoy.
This decoy was made around 1880. It has numerous layers of old working repaint and shows gunning wear from many years of use. It has the very desirable brand of P.K.BARNES, for Perry K. Barnes from Charlestown, MD The Barnes family gunned off Carpenter's Point near Perryville, MD.
The decoy also has the square ice pick hole in the weight, another marker that the Barnes family used to identify their decoys.
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