Hello ALL, A couple of weeks ago I purchased what I thought was a pre-fire Chestnut Bobs (introduced 1916), or more likely Bantam (open gunnels) in EXC, completely original, unrestored condition; now I'm not completely sure (that it's pre-fire, that is). As can be seen from my photos, it has heart-shaped decks. It WAS my understanding that these are associated with pre-fire Chestnuts, though I have always detected that there may be exceptions, for example, the 1960 catalog shows the recreational models, as well as the Bobs, with heart--shaped decks! The decks on my canoe are strongly crowned, and thoroughly undercut (see photo), as I believe is correct for these decks. My canoe also has: 1) cant ribs the same width as the rest, 2) keel screws in every rib (Morris-like), 3) slotted screws all around, which appear to be original (which Dick Persson says he has seen only in pre-fire canoes, "as late as 1919-1920"), 4) 2 3/8" W, tapered ribs, 5) 3 3/4" W planking, 6) and both inner and outer gunwales are (I believe) spruce. 7) I haven't taken the old canvas off yet (I think I'd like to paddle her before I do the restoration, in the Spring), so I don't know about the stem heads. 8) The inwales do not show much if any taper. 9) I can't tell whether the tacks are copper or not; will know better when I take the canvas off. 10) the wood shows a few flaws, i.e. a knot has popped out of a rib, and the planking shows a few de-laminations (perhaps breaks) along the grain, suggesting second-grade, as would be the case for a pre-fire, open-gunnel Bantam. 11) traces of the original Chestnut decal can be seen in one of the photos. 12) The seat frames are somewhat shaped, i.e. the inner edges of the side pieces are curved on the inner edges. 13) The seat frames are bolted directly to the gunwales, except the rear seat, which has short spacers in the back (as is the case for PSYCHE, the oldest known Chestnut). I have complete provenance for this canoe, which has had 3 owners, though I don't have dates for the earlier owners (names are marked on the canoe, and the most recent owner has the story, according to his family). It was found under a camp about 150 miles N of Ottawa, and has been rarely used since the late 1940s, "because it was in the back of the rack," and "because it leaked." It has ZERO rot, in the tips or anywhere else, as far as I can tell, and ORIGINAL caning in the seats. Any comments would be greatly appreciated!