Posted 10 years ago
A wonderful, very recent acquisition to my collection of rare and early North American canoe manufacturer display models. This example by the Chestnut Canoe Co. was made sometime before the great fire which destroyed the original factory. At 7' in length, it is likely a half-scale version of the full size "Peach" style, popular at the time, and is rather larger than most other display models distributed by their competitors. It is one of only two Chestnut factory samples from Fredericton, NB, still known to exist at this time (if anyone knows of others, please advise). A very fortunate find, which took several years of patient convincing before I was able to persuade the previous owners to allow me to bring it home. To them go my thanks and appreciation for keeping it in such amazing original condition over the years, with only a few 'character marks' to attest to its actual age. Lovely, 100-year old bright yellow paint along with great early decals on each deck and a near-mint interior. Can't get much nicer, but sure does take up a good bit of space!!!