A number of goose decoys from a remarkable gunning rig, several of which, including these two examples, branded "T. Gray," are known, but neither Mr. Gray, who was probably the original owner of the birds, nor the location where they were made and used has been identified. All the geese are hollow-carved and have unusual head positions. All three of the rig mates in the Teiger Collection have distinctive swelled breasts with their necks and heads pulled back onto their bodies, while another bird in the rig has its head and neck stretched back high over its body.
As is the case with other great rigs, the birds in the Gray rig seem to interact with each other and would have presented a lively scene wherever they floated. Decoy scholars Gene and Linda Kangas suggest that "based on regional stylistic norms, conceptual precedents, and serious decoy collector experiences, Massachusetts is the most logical location of inception."