In search of White Swan Wooden Decoy

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In search of White Swan Wooden Decoy

Postby Kattywampus » Mon Jun 05, 2017 6:35 pm


This is a total longshot, but I'm in search of a wooden white swan decoy pictured above.

It was made in the 70s by my Uncle, George Kittell. He told me that back in the mid-70s, he used to carve decoys to barter with a store manager at a store called Wild Wings, in Lake City, Minnesota.

In the mid-80s he said he was at a decoy show at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN where he saw his white swan decoy for sale. He picked up the swan and turned it upside down to see his signature, but the seller (or someone) had sanded his signature off of the bottom. The seller was also trying to tell my uncle it was carved back in the 50s to make it seem more valuable. My uncle is a shy guy, and just placed it down and walked away. Never to see it again.

I don't know how tightknit the wooden decoy collector forums are, but I was hoping someone could identify where it might be today. I know it's a longshot, but had to try. Thanks. I'm looking for a happy ending to this story.
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Re: In search of White Swan Wooden Decoy

Postby Rick » Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:21 pm

I'm no help at all but wish you luck in your search.
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Re: In search of White Swan Wooden Decoy

Postby Deltaman » Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:08 am

Beautiful lines on that bird, and I hope that you find it! We have a couple of decoy carvers that visit this board, typically during duck season, and they may be able to help steer you in the right direction.
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Re: In search of White Swan Wooden Decoy

Postby aunt betty » Wed Jun 07, 2017 3:36 pm

I found that decoy. Carved and sanded it down where it's much smaller and looks like a pintail now. You still want it?
I've heard that it's incredibly stupid to **** around with a crazy man's head.
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Re: In search of White Swan Wooden Decoy

Postby Bufflehead » Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:32 pm

If you are on facebook, look up Southern Decoy Collectors and post on there. One of those guys might be able to point you in the right direction.
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