Decoy Collecting

Presented by: Nels Swenson

What you need to know when collecting antique decoys

Presented by Nels Swenson

Antique decoys are fascinating pieces of art and history. In this lesson, we’ll cover the key things you need to keep in mind when starting your own collection.

Nels Swenson is a well-known and respected decoy collector. Nels has lived in Wisconsin all his life, born in Sheboygan, and lived in the Madison area since the age of 5 years old. He began collecting decoys in the 1980s and quickly became recognized as an authority on the subject. His focus has been on Wisconsin decoys, especially Wisconsin bluebills.

Over the years, Swenson amassed a large and impressive collection of decoys, He is also known for his extensive knowledge of decoy history, and he has a passion to share his expertise with other collectors and enthusiasts.

Collecting antique decoys can be a rewarding and enriching hobby, but it requires careful research and attention to detail. By learning about the history, materials, and value of these unique pieces, you’ll be able to build a collection that you can be proud of and enjoy for years to come.