This is an age old question asked by novice and experienced collectors alike..
At its heart is the conflict between aesthetic appeal and longer-term value. Which restorations are “acceptable” and which are not? Which ones add value and which ones detract? Why is a tail chip repair on a Mason Mallard Challenge Grade decoy less of an issue than the same repair made to a Charles Perdew Mallard? To a large degree the answers to these questions are dictated by personal tastes and each collector’s own personal preferences. However, there are a number of generally accepted “truths” about restoration that every collector should know before having a decoy worked on. Watch this space for a video in which Russ Allen, one of American’s top restorers, provides his take on this important issue.