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Wild Duck Decoy, Fritton

Wild Duck Decoy, Fritton

Photographer: Payne Jennings, John (1843-1926)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1892

Shelfmark: 10354.aa.14

Item number: 19

Length: 8

Width: 11.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

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“Wild Duck Decoy. – Fritton numbers five or six of these silent snares for capturing wild-fowl during the winter months. The process of decoying is too long to enter into here, but it may be noted that the capture of large quantities of mallard, teal, widgeon, and wild duck, are effected every season, by means of either a trained dog, or a few decoy ducks which are fed daily just in the entrance to the pipe, as the long semi-circular diminishing bower is called. ‘Abandon hope, all ye who enter here,’ might appropriately be suspended over the entrance hoop. The first decoy was erected by Sir William Woodhouse, about 1670 on Horsey Mere.”

Letterpress description by Ernest R. Suffling accompanying Plate XXXVII from ‘Sun Pictures of the Norfolk Broads’.

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