Old Town No. 25796


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Info Please: Old Town No. 25796


Could anyone please provide me with the particulars on Old Town No. 25796?

Many thanks,

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Hello Rob,
25796 appears on a 16' Otca model in CS (Common Sense - or basic) grade with spruce gunwales, birch seats, decks and thwarts and a keel. The notation on the color is a little unclear, but I make it as D.G. which is probably Dark Green, the most popular of the Old Town paint colors - 48% of the canoes were originally Dark Green. A copy of the build record is attached.

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It is also possible that you could have another number or manufacturer if this description doesn't match your canoe. Feel free to reply here if you have any other questions.


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I've seen a handful of build records where the canoe was shipped to HC Reed Co. HC Reed was a large old time department store in Milwaukee that sold goods that ran the gamut. Wonder how many canoes they sold over the years....? Same goes for "The Fair" in Chicago and Marshall Field Co.

Finding out where the canoes came from and discovering where they may have been over the years is a cool part of this passion of ours!
Back to the shop!!

I believe the canoe is an 18' model... oval badge in the bow identifying the manufacturer is absent. Serial number, which I read as 25796 - 18, is present both bow and stern. Will try to double check the numbers, and post a photo or two if possible.

Yes, double check the numbers, measure the canoe (length, width and depth) and post a few photos, especially of the deck shape and bow profile. That will help us give you some advice (for what that's worth!:rolleyes: )

Old Town didn't use an oval badge in those years. So it could be from another manufacturer, or perhaps the badge was from a canoe livery. You might try to look at Dan Millers canoe identification guide for information on other builders http://www.dragonflycanoe.com/id/index.html.

Good luck