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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-03-2018, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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Vintage Herter decoys

Any one know how to identify the model number for vintage Herters Mallard duck decoys 12'X5" purchased 1970.

Or any idea as to the value of Mallard and black duck paper mache decoys? purchased in the late 60's?
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Herter's foam body decoys were model 63 (yours) and the big ones were model 73. Prices are up on both sizes. The paper mache ones are most likely the original carry lite models. I don't know values.

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The smaller decoys are Model 63s. The larger are Model 72s. The geese / brant are size 81s.


Check EBay for prices on all of them. The better the condition the more folks are getting.

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The Herter's Mallard foam decoys have some nicks from mostly shipping and storage from house to house. Is it better to paint them or leave them original. It is better to sell then in groups of 2, 3 or 4?

Also any knowledge on oversize full body late 60's Herter's goose decoys with dowel rod legs and detachable heads?
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I would leave them in the original paint. Collectors want original paint. Hunters don't care......usually.

If I was selling them I'd offer them in pairs, drake and hen. Remember shipping is going to require a big box if you ship more than two.

I have 3 of those Herter's geese. I don't see many of them around any more. I bought mine in the early 1970s.

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I contacted the expert on these matters, he said he'll check in tomorrow.

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Ah....good ole Herters. Still have dad's 401 Powermag
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I had 8 old wooden Herters Canvassback decoys that I bough for a song. I donated one each year to our DU banquet until I was down to one which I still have.
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I have 3 or 4 dozen including about 6 mallards and 6 blacks in original paint that have never been hunted over.

They are great decoys.

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I still remember the Herters logo on many items that came into our house as a kid - the stag, mermaid horse (or whatever it was, never really figured that out) and the shield. I spent many an hour paging through their catalog.
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