: Duck Decoys
Coot decoy, circa 1920s.
Made by Guy Lukeman, South Pekin, Illinois.
White pine or cedar, 5 3/4 inches high by 10 3/4 inches long.
Illinois State Museum Collection (1967.17, 798958)
Gift of Phyllis Lukeman.
Guy Lukeman (1883-1945) made about 100 decoys in his lifetime for his own use. He appropriated and adapted patterns by the Herter Company of Watseka, Minnesota, and often used Herter paints. He also mixed his own colors and painted his decoys in a simple, direct style.
Photograph by Gary Andrashko, ISM