Why Collect Mason Decoys?

Mason Premier Black Duck - Snakey

Early Mason Premier Black Duck Decoy. Hollow, extremely snakey headed example in exceptional original paint and condition. Ca. 1905.


  • They’re old, older than most other decoys. At least 100 years.
  • They’re plentiful. They made more decoys than any other manufacturer or carver. Therefore, more survived today. Collectors have a good chance of finding a really good example.
  • There is no regional bias. Unlike other regions which are narrowly focused, collectors are spread nationwide and even overseas. You can find Masons wherever you travel.
  • They’re beautiful! Their carving, and particularly their paint by skilled craftsmen, matches the best individual carvers of their era. Their patina, evolved over the decades, is particularly appealing. Mason also was in the automotive paint business and used the best!
  • They are affordable. Greater availability reduces rarity and in turn helps to hold down prices. Masons are still one of the best buys in the in decoys. Very few decoys by other classic makers can be purchased for comparable dollars.
  • There are more Mason collectors than any other form or type of decoy. There will always be collectors buying and selling to upgrade. This makes a fluid market.
  • They’re marketable. Collectors always seek to better their collections. If you buy the best examples you can afford at the time, there is a ready market for a sale or trade.


Mason Glasseye Curlew

Mason Glasseye Long-Billed Curlew Shorebird Decoy. Untouched original condition. Nearly mint original paint. Ca. 1910.


Mason Premier BTW Drake

Early Mason Premier Blue-Winged Teal Drake Decoy. Hollow snakey head in strong original paint. Ca. 1905.


Mason Premier Mallard Pair Snakey

Mason Tackeye Redhead Drake. Strong original paint with bright colors. Ca. 1910.