Well, Well, Well, Looky What Popped Up On Ebay! A Real Chris Smith Decoy!

s-l1600-5Is it Duck Decoy season on ebay? Is the seller a Woody Boater and saw that we were talking about decoys? Well, today this just popped up on ebay. $1,200 so it must be real? Its even got a CC SMITH metal plate at the bottom with carved in names.


Very cool!




That brand is priceless

And just feels right. This if the real thing even with the price would be a very cool addition to your flock of stuff.

18 replies
    • Art Fortuna
      Art Fortuna says:

      Christopher Columbus Smith (1858-1937) Algonac, HI

      Chris Smith was known for his boat building long before he was recognized as a carver of decoys. Chris and his older brother Henry were both market hunters as young men and made their own decoys and boats out of necessity. The popular Chris¬Craft and Miss America boats that triumphed in the Gold Cup Races held on the Detroit River are products of the company that bear Chris Smith’s name (Kangas, Survey 178).

      For their lures, Chris and Henry got wood from ships passing Algonac; the ships’ captains would piCk out usable logs and throw them overboard for the brothers. As hunters, the Smiths understood the need for light decoys that could be packed in large quantities in a tiny boat. They carved small decoys with hollow bodies. The decoys have long slender necks and chests that are narrow in comparison to the rest of the bodily proportions. The decoys display a variety of positions that portray both content and alert attitudes. Neither brother adorned his decoys with surface carving on the body or detailed carving on the bills with the exception of canvasbacks. Between the two of them, the brothers produced as many as a thousand decoys. Some of these decoys have a lead keel with “C.C. Smith” stamped on them to clearly identify decoys by Chris. For the great amount of decoys the men produced, they limited themselves to black ducks, scaup, canvasbacks, pintails, redheads and whistlers, the primary species hunted in the area.

  1. Mike Green
    Mike Green says:

    I have a couple along with most of my family. This is a nice one but it has been painted and over detailed. Most of them came with grey bilge paint on the bottom and would have not looked so nice because they where used for hunting. The eyes are not original and have been replaced. It looks like it is hollow and the bottom is nailed so that’s correct on. This is a bit over priced as well, $600 at the most

  2. Randy
    Randy says:

    So, along with searching old abandoned barns for woodies we now need to go looking through marshes for antique C-C decoys that may have floated away decades ago?

  3. Sean
    Sean says:

    So, my woody is not a CC… it is plywood…. and has a stern drive…. and it has no “build card”… and is not 100% original… and it was built in the ’70’s… and it is Canadian… and now I have to deal with the fact that my antique decoy (which has a great history of its own) is not a Chris Smith CC decoy!

    I think I’m getting an inferiority complex!

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