Charles Schoenheider Sr
(1854 - 1924)
Charles S. Schoenheider, Sr. was active/lived in Illinois. Charles Schoenheider Sr is known for Decoy carving.
Biography Charles Schoenheider, Sr.
In his lifetime, Schoenheider produced only a few dozen standing decoys, consisting of mallards, pintails, and Canada geese. These birds were mounted on cast iron legs and used for late season shooting on the ice. The seam lines of this decoy are very clean and precise for a bird of this age. This pintail is out of Schoenheider's personal gunning rig and is stenciled "C.S. PEORIA" on the belly. An added bonus to this sculpture is the original cast iron foot which also bears the "CS" stencil, as many of these original castings have been lost. The importance of Schoenheider's influence on the region is illustrated by three major decoy books highlighting his work on their covers, including "The Great Book of Wildfowl Decoys," "Masterworks o
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