H253 Early Canvasback decoys in original paint by R. Madison Mitchell, circa1955 renowned decoy carver. Carved in the traditional Havre de Grace, MD style Decoy is in good condition original weight remains attached to the bottomR Madison Mitchell was born and grew up in Oakington, MD near the Swan River, south of Havre de Grace. The man who would become the undisputed dean of decoy-carvers began carving as a hobby in 1924 when business was slow at the funeral home he owned and operated. Mitchell made an art out of carving decoy waterfowl and played a large role in making it the decoy capital of the world. Mr. Mitchell's decoys are showcased in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, but most of his work is immortalized in the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum.