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RobertA

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Hi, hope all are well. I just gotten an 18' OT s/n 108336. Canvas is peeling and has a few holes in the wood. But I think its in pretty good shape. How can I determine a value? Thanks for your thoughts and happy New Year!
Bob
 
Hi Bob--

Old Town 108336 is an 18 foot CS (common sense, or middle-grade) HW model canoe that was finished between December 1930 and March 1931. It has red Western cedar planking, open spruce gunwales, and birch decks, thwarts, and seat frames. It was fitted with a keel and a floor rack and was originally painted brilliant green. Shipped originally to Patterson, New Jersey, on April 24, 1931, it was returned for credit on September 19, 1931. Apparently it was re-sold, but there is no mention of that on the face of the record and the reverse must have been blank. If the canoe otherwise fits this description but spent its life in a far different location, this may still be the correct record. If the record doesn't seem to fit, we can keep looking.

When it comes to determining "value", there's a good discussion here:

http://forums.wcha.org/showthread.php?t=57

It can help to poke around eBay-- follow an auction for a similar canoe and see where it goes.

The scan of this record is attached below-- click on it to get a larger image. This scan and several hundred thousand others were created with substantial grants from the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) and others. A description of the project to preserve these records is available at http://www.wcha.org/ot_records/ if you want more details. I hope that you and anyone else reading this will join or renew membership in the WCHA so that services like this can continue. See http://www.wcha.org/wcha/ to learn more about the WCHA and http://www.wcha.org/join.php to renew.

Kathy
 

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