Redbreasted Merganser Hen Decoy
Otto Sedler, Lindenhurst, NY, Ca. 1930

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A South Shore Long Island decoy in balsa with carved pine head. Fine original condition with light wear.

Sedler worked for the highway department in Lindenhurst. He also was a house painter and clammer, according to Bill Joeckel, from whom the decoy was purchased in the 1970's.

Per Heather Yvonne Brush (Sedler's great grandniece): He was my grandmother's brother. He lived in Lindenhurst and Copaigue, NY. His parents were Mary Michel Sedler (born in Mauswinkel, Germany) and Joseph Visusil Sedler (born in NYC). They married in 1901 in Lindenhurst and (had) four kids, Otto one of them. Otto and my grandmother Margaret's great Aunt Maggie Michel and her son William both perished in the wreck of the General Slocum in the East River in 1904. Otto's daughter, Jeanne is still living.

17 1/2" long.

ITEM # 19146