Delaware

Decoys of the "Delaware River School" are considered by many the most desirable for collectors. The hunting style of the region --use of a sculling boat to almost bushwhack the ducks-- necessitated that the decoys hunted over be made as realistic as possible.

Delaware river decoys were usually of two-piece hollow construction with either round or flat bottoms; full breast; squat or little to no necks with the heads mounted directly to the body in a low or sleeping position; extremely realistic carving, especially of the wings and tails; glass eyes; and realistic and intricate paint patterns.

Carvers from this school include: John Blair, John English, John McLoughlin, Jess Hgeisler, Tom Fitzpatrick, Charles Black, Claude Trader, Charles Allen, Joe West, and William Quinn.