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.


High head decoys are rare and difficult to find, particularly in very good condition. This decoy was made around 1880. It  is in old working repaint.


If you have questions about this decoy, please contact:

Darrell Hagar

Cell: 410-430-5826


John Graham High Head Canvasback Drake