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What does "PBM" on the bottom of an antique wooden decoy duck stand for?

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Carvers of antique decoys often put their initials on the bottom of their decoys; however, a carver with the initials PBM is unknown. Hand-carved, wooden decoys became the standard in the latter half of the 19th century and persisted until the 1950s-60s when plastic decoys were mass produced.

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Antique decoys are valued by condition, rarity and artist. The species of duck carved and the pose it was carved in can also increase the value. A well-known carver named Elmer Crowell, who lived in Massachusetts until his death in 1951, carved a Canadian goose decoy that sold at auction for $684,500 in 2000. Decoyinfo.com offers to examine photos of antique decoys and supply information about them.

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