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Female Mallard Decoy, circa 1930s.
Made by Joseph Rehmer, Momence, Illinois.
Wood, Approx. 13 inches long.
Illinois State Museum Collection (1967.14, 798953)
Gift of Joseph Rehmer.

Joseph Rehmer (1894- ) and his brother Lawrence (1888- ) made only eighteen mallard decoys for themselves. They did not live on the Illinois River, but came from Momence, on the Indiana border. This example of a female mallard carved by an amateur carver shows the realistic detail with which he painted the feather patterns on his two-piece hollow construction decoys with purchased eyes.

Photograph by Gary Andrashko, ISM.

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