We acquired this canoe from the previous owner of our home. It’s been hanging in our barn for years. We don’t have any idea what it is other than finding markings for St. Louis boat and canoe company. We have no desire to use it, we are land people. Water sports are not for us. Any help identifying and or valuing this canoe is much appreciated!
Thank you for the links. I have visited each and still don’t have a good idea of what the worth is. We have a guy interested but have no idea what kind of price to put on it. Would you be able to give me just a ballpark to start?
It is always difficult to value a canoe from pictures. This canoe is not from a well known builder which makes it more rare but less in demand. It appears to be in good shape so is probably worth something between $500 and $1500. A key distinction can be how badly it leaks, which is important if the buyer plans to use the canoe. This can be tough to test easily in the winter. You may be able to get some idea by turning it upside down, dumping a few buckets of warm water all over the outside, and then checking the inside for wet spots. If the buyer is simply looking for a display piece then the appearance will be more important than any leaks. A formal written appraisal can probably be provided by one of the restorers listed at https://www.woodencanoe.org/builders-suppliers or a chapter contact listed at https://www.woodencanoe.org/chapters for a small fee. Good luck,