Kennebec Salesman's Sample

Bill A

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I have a 69" Kennebec Salesman's sample and would like to know more about it.

I may or may not be intersted in selling it but would like some idea of what a value would be.

I can forward photos if you are interested.
Hi Bill,

There has been some discussion of Kennebec and other model canoes here in the past, which can be found by using the "search" function above... here are a couple you may find useful:

Please post pictures of your canoe, as it helps all of us understand "what's out there".

The market for authentic sample canoes and quality model canoes is different from the market for full-size historic and collectible canoes. While "value" is not something we generally like to discuss in these forums (it's addressed under FAQs), we've discussed the selling prices of various model canoes that have come up for auction, and you may want to look at some of these older posts.

Others here with knowledge of canoes like yours may be able to tell you something about your canoe if you post pictures.

Welcome to the WCHA forums!

Roger Young has written a very good model canoe guide at on eBay and he will probably respond here soon. Many of the issues about valuing a full sized canoe described at also apply to a model. My guess is that it would probably sell for about $4,000 to $8,000 as it is and might get over $10,000 if it was properly restored. The quality of the restoration is critical since a bad job will substantially lower the value. This is all based on the low resolution pictures below which you sent me so a detailed inspection in person may reveal other problems. Roger can probably give a much better estimate.



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I did speak directly to Bill last evening, and ventured much the same opinion as Benson. It is always difficult (and even dangerous) to venture opinions on value without having the object in-hand for close inspection. Based solely on the photos I have seen, taken at a distance, the model is missing both seats as well as two thwarts. There also appears to be a slight break in the keel and the paint seems to be flaking and somewhat faded. I was told there is no structural damage or rot, but there is some paint missing. I'd really like to see close-up photos before absolutely committing.

However, based on recent market trends, it would not surprise me if it brought $6,000 to $8,000 at auction. I would expect to see a pre-sale estimate range of $4,000 and up. If it were in more complete shape and cleaned up a bit, I think it could bring $8,000 to $10,000, and possibly even higher if lightly restored to near its original condition. But that takes some work and even further investment, as well as the gamble that it will pay off in the end.

Others may well feel differently about it. That's what makes a market.