John Blair Sr
(1842 - 1928)
John Blair, Sr was active/lived in Pennsylvania. John Blair Sr is known for hollowed cedar decoy carving.
Biography John Blair, Sr
John Blair, Sr. (1842-1928) Philadelphia, PA
John Blair was both a wheelwright and carriage maker who decorated his carriages and sleighs with magnificent designs. After retiring, Blair became a gentleman farmer, spent much of his time hunting and fishing and joined the Bridesburg and Frankford gun clubs. Blair carved his own decoys, but there still remains some confusion concerning the identification of his work.
The numerous pieces that display Blair characteristics, but are not attributed to John Blair himself are classified as the Blair school of carving.
A "classic" Blair decoy consists of two pieces of hollowed cedar forming an oval shaped body. These plump birds have rounded bottoms and a hump on their ba
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