by Richard Cowan and Richard LaFountain
Mixing their own colors, Mandt and Ferd Homme painted in a highly realistic style. A rig of mallards and pintails made for Tom Alberti contains mallard hens with a heavily feathered paint pattern - not just loops, but attempts to recreate each feather. Ferd seems to have out-produced Mandt, as more Homme decoys have been found that are signed "Ferd Homme" in careful block letters on the bottoms. Mandt signed very few of his birds.
For the complete story, please see the Sept./Oct. 1998 issue of Decoy Magazine.
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