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 particular decoy was made around 1880 and was eventually used in the gunning rig of Senator Millard Tydings (1890-1961) of Maryland; and it has the carved, serifed T that marked the Senator's decoys.

 

If you have questions about this decoy, contact:

 

Darrell Hagar

410-430-5826

dghagar@gmail.com

John Graham Canvasback Drake with Tydings Brand

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