Winning Bid: $60,000
Important lake trout trade sign, Oscar Peterson, Cadillac, Michigan, 2nd quarter 20th century.:
Carved in the round with glass eyes, metal side fins, and carved mouth and gills. Metal strapping along entire tail fin, with copper tag that reads “O. Peterson, Cadillac, Mich.” A layered paint pattern with mix of yellows and greens over side and body. A This sign hung in a fish mongers store in downtown Cadillac, Michigan. After the store closed, the son took it to his home in Montague, Michigan and hung it in his basement until it was purchased by Ron Fritz in the early 1980’s. “Oscar Peterson,” Decoy Magazine, September 2006, p. 24-27, exact carvig pictured.
Original paint, protected by Peterson’s standard coat of varnish, which has mellowed with time; a few small rubs along underside, one eye and edge of mouth; small paint loss at fins; otherwise very good and original.