Lot 2041
Robert Benjamin O'Neal Roothead Brant
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Robert Benjamin "Ben" O'Neal (1887-1953), Ocracoke, North Carolina. Ben O'Neal was born and raised on Ocracoke Island. As a young teenager, he market hunted with his cousins, Little Ike and Walter O'Neal. He served briefly in World War I. Ben made roughly 300-400 decoys but most ended up in wood stoves to create warmth. This brant decoy was repainted as a goose after the 1933 eel grass blight hurt the brant migration.

Length 19"

From the Personal Collection of Mr. Kroghie Andresen, Charlotte, North Carolina

Purchased from Philip Harvey in 2006.

Old gunning paint; head slightly loose.