BUT for those who want a chance to own an authentic, antique Maliseet paddle, you might consider contacting Rose McNeilly of Hampton, New Brunswick who is selling a circa 1900 authentic Maliseet paddle. Rose sent me some pics of the paddle as well as some history...
Circa 1900 Maliseet Paddle
Diamond shaped secondary grip
The paddle was orginally acquired 30 years ago at a farm auction on Washademoak Lake, off the Saint John River. It has no etching decorations on it and was therefore likely meant to be utilitarian piece...in my mind, this makes it even more valuable since it was carved to be used and not just meant for the tourist trade. It features a short, diamond shaped secondary grip that isn't too common in northeastern native paddle design, but one that I could see would have a functional value.
Here are some technical details about the dimensions:
Length : 60 ¼ inches
Width of blade : 5 ¾ inches
Blade Length : 24 inches
Grip Width : 1 and 7/8 inches
Grip Length: 4 ½ inches
Shaft Thickness: 1 ¼ inches
The paddle was appraised in 2007 by Donald Ellis, one of Canada's renowned experts on native art. It has also been identified at a Maliseet paddle by the Curator of Cultural History and Art at the New Brunswick Museum in Saint John. At one time someone painted it white, then green. But the experts stated that this by no means diminishes its value. In fact, the painting is what likely preserved this 110 year old piece which otherwise would've disintegrated with time.
Many thanks to Rose for letting me post these pics of this historic piece. You can contact her directly if you have more questions.