Vintage Call Photo Gallery 3

Variations of Charlie Perdew's Fancy Calls.

Photographs and call information provided by Donna & Joe Tonelli

This carved Perdew was made for Bob Becker, Sports Editor for the Chicago Tribune. In a letter dated 1943, Bob wrote to 'The Famous Mr. Perdew, Noted MFG of Duck callers" "It's a corker my friend. The World's Best Duck caller" This is a variation of the rare Crown calls. The stopper has extra notch carving and large script lettering with early red bakelite mouth piece band. Found in its original Christmas box complete with Easter grass and extra reed, this call was part of the family set made for Father son and daughter. Sandra's call was made smaller for a lady's hand.
Perdew added his teardrop panel design used for his VL&A calls on this call which only has a pair of flying mallards carved into the barrel with yellow mouth piece bakelite band Perdew used an different initial placement on this call by carving simple straight line initials in a football shape shield. Call has typical three mallards design with yellow bakelite band. Full Crown stopper tops the beautiful example of Perdew's finest duck calls. Large script lettering with red bakelite mouth piece band.
In this letter Charlie explains the code he used when order was place for a carved duck or crow call. Charlie added an extra decorative edge around the end of the call barrel and carved owner"s enitre name instead of just his intials on this three mallard duck call. During the Great Depression ( circa 1930's)Charlie put an little extra effort into carving the stoppers on his Fancy duck calls which collectors have nickname 'Crown' stoppers. There are only six known Crown Calls in collections.The stopper on the right is his typical stopper design. The other two are examples of his Crown stoppers.
All of Charlie's finished the end of his fancy carved duck calls with a colored bakelite ring. This ring was inset into the barrel and glue in place before the red cedar barrel blank was shaped on a wood lathe. Charlie used three bakelite colors This may be the most intricate design Charlie ever added to one of his fancy calls. This crow call has a scene carved into it depicting a hunter using a Perdew mechanical owl decoy complete with tiny glass eyes. Look closely and you can see the hunter beside the tree with his gun and a pull string that would activate the owl decoy that sits on a bracnh surround with several crows. Another variation to Charlie's crow call scene is the addition of a pheasant walking below a tree with has a bird's nest and several crows in it. This reflects the conception that Crows were destroying game bird eggs.
Charlie added a tree stump to this crow hunting scene. The bottom edge of the call has painted grass and a brass band. As a rule Charlie finished off the end of his crow calls with a brass or German Silver reinforcing band. On his fancy crow calls he painted the inside of the barrel gold if the band was brass or black if it was German Silver.  

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