I have been contacted this past week by a very nice lady in Northwestern Ontario. Turns out she owns a lovely, early Chestnut Canoe Co. factory sample. It comes with some slight damage, but more than makes up for that in its truly wonderful provenance. Her great-grandfather was the Hudson's Bay Co. factor in Temagami in the early 1900's; he was also an authorized outlet for Chestnut canoes. Can't get much more solid than that. This is another 7' 1" display sample, similar in all respects to the previous 5 known such items to show up so far. It is likely a half-size version of the Chestnut 'Peach'. One end has suffered some tears to its canvas, but no significant structural damage. It appears to be in original dark green paint, and bears the nicest pre-fire decal I have seen to date. Note: the decal makes no mention of 'Patent date', (1905), as do the later versions, leaving open the question of just how early this piece might actually be. I have tentatively suggested giving it a fairly conservative "ca. 1910". This piece has resided in the same family since new, and is a treasured heirloom; NFS. It comes with a pair of full-size bird's eye maple paddles, fabulous collectibles in their own right. Thought I'd like to share this with you.