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    Posted 8 years ago

    bushrat
    (39 items)

    A lovely Old Town Canoe Co. display sample, 48" in length, original red paint in near mint condition, along with decals, brand name lettering, gold stripe with 'Greek key' ends. Two sample paddles, as well. Likely dates to 1924, and perfectly fits the description on a recorded 'build card' of that date. Thanks to the TLC of its previous owner, it has remained in excellent shape.

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    Comments

    1. RonM RonM, 8 years ago
      Fantastic find!
    2. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 8 years ago
      spring has sprunggggggggggg...almost ...lol sweet ride look to be all there .........coollllllll..
    3. bushrat bushrat, 11 months ago
      It has taken a long time, 2022, but I have finally gotten around to writing my manuscript on early N. American "display" sample canoes. They really deserve to be described as display pieces because they were never widely handed out to sales personnel. Only about 300 in total were ever made before WWII by all the canoe makers added together. Old Town made the most (about 130), Kennebec the second largest (60). Many others made none, or only a handful. Just one sample by Rushton is known, and one by J R Robertson. Canadian factories likely made less than 2 dozen, altogether. So, they're very rare and, consequently, pretty expensive to buy. Don't get fooled by cheap fakes. Look for my book or articles I have written; it will show you the real thing, with lots of great photos, as well.

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