CHARLES H. PERDEW 5” WOOD CROW CALL Patent Date 1909
A CHARLES H. PERDEW 5” WOOD CROW CALL with a patent year of 1909.
The turned wood and metal Perdew Crow Call has a beautiful wood patina and its original finish. It measures 5” in length and is in great condition; the sound is in good working order.
The inside of the “barrel” is painted black as is the top around the mouthpiece. A metal ring is bound to the edge of its base.
The impressed and hand-stamped mark of Charles Perdew encircles the side of the wood barrel and reads:
Perdew’s Crow Calls are still considered the best sounding calls ever produced. His basic red cedar crow calls were often fashioned from the duck call barrels. As early as 1908, Perdew's products were given away as premiums by Rod and Gun Magazine, where he also advertised his products. (See last image -- the image is not included in this sale and is for reference purposes only.)
About Charles H. Perdew: Charles was born near Henry, Illinois in 1874. He was educated in the rural schools and Brush college and later received training at the Art Institute in Chicago. Although widely known for his manufacture of crow and duck callers, decoys and hand carved game birds, he was noted as a master gunsmith. Near the turn of the last century, he operated a livery business in Henry. When the advent of the automobile affected his business, he built a car of his own, including the engine parts and later constructed a steam-drive automobile.
Charlie Perdew died in 1963. Following the death of his talented wife Edna who painted many of his world-famous duck decoys, and later his son, Haddon, The Charles Perdew Museum Association was formed to preserve and educate, renovate and restore the Perdew homestead and workshop, and the Perdew’s artistic heritage.
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