Kids of the 80's may remember a sitcom called Silver Spoons. It starred a young Rocky Schroeder (this came before his current spate of badass roles as "Rick" Schroeder, of course...). In the series, his father is a multimillionaire toy inventor, and their mansion is a kid's dream; littered with arcade games, a ride-on train, and all manner of kitsch.
Dad wasn't serious about anything, so even in his study he had a bunch of crazy gadgets, including a duck decoy phone like this one. After the US phone system was deregulated in the 80's, it freed up anyone to manufacture a phone. The resulting explosion in the novelty phone market yielded weird gems like this phone that's just ducky.
The duck is made of real wood, concealing a pretty conventional 80's cheapie plastic phone inside. In the TV series, the phone doesn't ring - it quacks. This particular phone is a lot less ambitious, ringing with a typical electronic chirp. This is a long time before ringtones, folks. It's cute and novel, though the manufacturers did make an odd aesthetic choice. When the phone rings, the ducks eyes light up with a piercing red. Isn't it strange enough to have a duck phone? Does it also have to look like Cujo?