COLLECTORS SHELF: James L. Rowe “Jimmy” – Coot with metal head

Coot with metal head

Jimmy grew up on Back Bay & Knotts Island area. He kept his boat at Bay Haven Marina –Harold Grimstead landing.

Jimmy was a machinist at the shipyard in Norfolk.

Jimmy used a metal lathe to make his aluminum coot heads. He was a skilled metal worker and his aluminum heads were very life like.

Jimmy attached the coot heads to wooden bodies with brass screws and he also attached his lead weights to the bottoms of the coot decoys with screws loose enough to swivel back & forth.

He also branded his name in the bottom of the decoys J L ROWE. The value of Jimmy’s coots is approximately $400. -$600.

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