Mitchell Fulcher (1869 - 1950) Stacy, North Carolina
Mitchell Fulcher is considered by decoy collectors and historians as the quintessential Carteret County decoy carver. Fulcher is credited with having "internalized" the upper Chesapeake Bay style of decoy brought into the region by hunters from the North to produce the unique style of Carteret decoy. Carteret decoys were made of balsa wood, cork, juniper, poplar and cedar.
Fulcher carved decoys which were somewhat smaller than live with flat bottoms. The lighter and smaller decoys allowed hunters to enlarge their rigs. Other area carvers patterned their birds after Fulcher. Most of Fulcher's decoys were marked on the bottom with his initials "MF".
He was a prolific decoy maker who is credited with having begun carving in the 1890's through the mid 1930's. Fulcher carved some of his black ducks and pintails with the heads on a nearly carved shelf. He is remembered for an artistic style not often seen in working decoys of this early era. His graceful pintail is the signature piece for the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum.
For additional information
Carteret Waterfowl Heritage, 1993 by Jack Dudley.
Decoys of the Mid-Atlantic Region, 1979 by Henry A. Fleckenstein The Bird Decoy - An American Artform, 1976 by Paul A. Johnsgard.
The Great Book of Wildfowl Decoys, 1990 by Joe Engers, Ed.
Waterfowl Heritage: North Carolina Decoys and Gunning Lore, 1983 by William N. Conoley.