I'm a collector, not an expert so I try to give my best opinion on carvers and condition, but won't take any decoys back if you have a different opinion. All pictures taken inside with mixed fluorescent and incandescent lighting.
DESCRIPTION: Here's a very nice, large, early R. Madison Mitchell (1901 -1993) goose decoy signed on the bottom, "Madison Mitchell Havre de Grace MD". When I obtained this decoy, it was described as.
EARLY CANADA GOOSE by R. Madison Mitchell, Havre de Grace, MD. Very good original paint showing some in-use wear.
Good structural condition with typical tight check on bottom. Signed in ink by maker on underside of tail. This is a solid body, very heavy decoy at nearly 6 pounds. CONDITION: Use the multiple pictures to assess condition.
Structurally sound with no major issues; some minor cracks. Dimensions i n Inches (Length by Width by Height) and Weight in Lbs-Oz. Approximately 20 x 9 x 10 inches ; 5 Lb - 14 oz.
Madison Mitchell, who once said all he wanted to do was be a good funeral director and carve things out of wood in his free time, carved tens of thousands of decoys throughout his 60 year career. Mitchell began carving in 1924, when business at his family-owned funeral home was slow, and carved until his eye sight went bad in the 1980s. Along the way to becoming the dean of Havre de Grace decoy makers, Mitchell helped teach carvers of future generations, many of which he hired to work at his shop. His style is characterized by carefully detailed feathers and painting, done with world class precision.
Today, some of Mitchells work is displayed by the Smithsonian Institute but the majority of it has been immortalized at the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, which Mitchell himself helped found. The item will be carefully and securely packaged. Your satisfaction is my guarantee. The item "Vintage Goose Decoy Signed Madison Mitchell -Original Paint -Havre de Grace MD" is in sale since Monday, October 30, 2017.This item is in the category "Sporting Goods\Hunting\Vintage Hunting\Duck Decoys". The seller is "mrsciguy" and is located in Milford, Delaware. This item can be shipped worldwide.