Gar Wood, Duck Decoy On Ebay. Or Is It Just A Decoy Of A Gar Wood Decoy?

s-l1600-1We have done stories on these decoys before, and here is possibly one on ebay for you do put in your boat or shelf. The little note attached could be the most valuable part of the decoy, if in deed it is what the seller says it is. I just image myself at Pawn Stars and Chumley saying. You got verification? I got a note card tacked onto it.


The $250 Proof Card! I bet its not water proof though

As much as I would love to have one of these, and I do want to believe. Its not like its ever going to be a Picaso. . $250 is a chunk of change for something that may be not what it claims to be, then again, isn’t that what decoys are all about?  A decoy of a decoy. It’s like getting two decoys in one. I will add that the paint style on it is reminiscent of certain Gar Wood Hulls. So maybe? Ugh, I am talking myself into it. They did build these things at the factory in there spare time. Maybe we could do a chemical breakdown of the paint and see if it matches paint used by Gar Wood? HELP ME!

19 replies
  1. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    Maybe if it was a Decoy of a Chris Smith Decoy then you could place it on the dash of WECATCHUM.
    Than again you would have to rename her WESHOOTUM.

  2. Bilge Rat
    Bilge Rat says:

    Well, one definition of the word decoy is “lure or entice (a person or animal) away from an intended course, typically into a trap”. This purported item could easily fit this definition.

  3. Kentucky Wonder
    Kentucky Wonder says:

    Does anyone know if Gar Wood really made duck decoys in the first place? I knew Chris Smith got started that way, but didn’t Gar Wood start building boats from an already established industrial company?

  4. Al Benton
    Al Benton says:

    I haven’t read much about Gar Wood’s history but don’t recall any stories of him ever being interested in duck hunting. Christopher Smith and his brother were professional duck hunters before building boats for a living. He made his own decoys for their business that look much like the one for sale. Gar didn’t know Chris until around 1914 when he became interested in a race boat that Chris built. I don’t think they ever went duck hunting together though.

    • Texx
      Texx says:

      Al – When Matt & I were visiting Harsens Island and the Old Club a few years ago, we did hear some interesting stories (maybe fables) about Gar Wood from back in the day. According to those stories, Gar did like to hunt for birds on occasion – but they were the non-feathered variety…

  5. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    I am with Al. I thought Gar Wood was into Gar Bage trucks before he got interested in boat racing, long after 1900. The Smiths were into duck hunting before they got into building boats for duck hunting which turned into building boats for racing and profit.

    It seems incredibly unlikely that Gar Wood Boats made any type of duck decoy around 1900, decades before there even was a Gar Wood Boats.

  6. John Rothert
    John Rothert says:

    Groucho indeed…that was THE MAN… I am watching the show as a kid, lady says the secret word so she wins the $100.
    Groucho says she has to reach into his pocket and get it…..
    She starts in after it and says: “…oooohhhoo I feel so Silly!”, The MAN comes back with….”reach a little further and you’ll feel NUTS”…..screen goes black…censors .had to wait another week to see “You Bet Your Life”…..
    how many days to dora?
    John in Va.

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