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Renton /& Rushton - 1880's catalogues

Discussion in 'Research and History' started by mforder, May 12, 2021.

  1. mforder

    mforder Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Hello everyone. I'm new here and I admittedly want to say that I am and have always been amazed at the craftsmanship of wooden boats and canoes. I live near a lake that one had many of these on it, Lake Hopatcong, NJ. Unfortunately it is now a speedway for fast boats and we only get to enjoy seeing the old woodies when people feel safe enough to take them out mostly during the weekdays. Canoes on the other hand are rare.

    The reason I joined this page it two fold, to see some of the work and images that are done on these boat and the craftsmanship.

    The other reason is to share a few images of a couple of catalogues I have in my possession that you may enjoy seeing. It's not much that I have to offer but please consider them as a trinket of appreciation. The are from the early 1880's and are a part of a collection of papers I have that once belonged to a Mr. Charles Steel back in he 1800's who had sense enough to save them. They are now under my watch and I figured that they needed to be shared.

    There is a story behind the "Steele Box" but I do not want to bore folks with that and I just want to get to post what this forum is about. If I am out of place please just say so and I will delete this post.

    Any feedback is much appreciated and welcomed as well.

    Thanks,

    ---Mark

    Renton-1a.jpg Renton-1b.jpg Renton-1c.jpg Renton-1d.jpg
     
    Last edited: May 13, 2021
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    mforder

    mforder Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Next is a 1st Rushton-1a.jpg Rushton-1b.jpg Rushton-1c.jpg Rushton-1d.jpg Rushton catalogue, there are two. Please know that all of these are very very fragile so it is difficulty to simply scan the entire cat.
     
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    mforder

    mforder Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Here's a portion to the 2nd Rushton catalogue. Rushton-2a.jpg
    Rushton-2d.jpg Rushton-2b.jpg Rushton-2c.jpg
     
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    mforder

    mforder Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Hope you enjoy this view into a little piece of history.

    ---Mark
     
  5. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

    Thank you for sharing this!

    There is an 1893 Rushton catalog reprint in our shop: https://www.woodencanoe.org/product-page/rushton-1893-catalog-reprint
    but this appears to pre-date that.

    I also noticed that the threaded parts on the 3rd page of the Renton catalog appear to have left handed threads. I wonder if this was the case, or if it's the artist's rendition... or maybe it's my eyes?
     
  6. samb

    samb LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Probably engraved on the plate with right hand threads then printed.

    I do like the sound of the 'Neck yoke for carrying boat' on the last page. That must explain how the fell on the cover makes it look so easy.
     
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  7. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

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    mforder

    mforder Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Hello all,

    Thanks for taking a look at the catalogues and for finding what I posted at least worthy of having a conversation on. The Renton catalogue I can most likely take out and post copies of some of the other pages. I'd have to just watch the binding I think. Yesterday the cover to of one of the Rushton catalogues came off, the paper is somewhat fragile. The catalogues are held together with a string. Let me see what I can do.

    ---Mark
     
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    mforder

    mforder Curious about Wooden Canoes

    More images from Renton catalogue...

    Renton-1e.jpg Renton-1o.jpg Renton-1f.jpg Renton-1g.jpg Renton-1h.jpg Renton-1j.jpg Renton-1k.jpg Renton-1L.jpg Renton-1m.jpg Renton-1n.jpg
     
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    mforder

    mforder Curious about Wooden Canoes

    And one more page from the catalogue.... I hope that someone can put this information to good use.

    ---Mark Renton-1p.jpg
     
  11. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    Back then the stuff in Renton's catalog was made of brass. Now it is made of unobtainium.
     

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