A North Eastern Native American maple canoe paddle 203cm long.
Estimate: £500 - 600
Hammer Price £ 1,100
Lot 511 - Source Link
"Y" Carved into top of grip
Decorative etching at base of grip
Unfortunately there is no date listed but the maple has aged to a very dark patina. However the shape and description seems identical to the the circa 1840 figured maple paddle posted here back in 2008. The original listing from that auction site no longer features the paddle but the description seems to be a match...
ca 1840 Figured Maple Paddle
Original Description from Cinoa.org:
A Fine Northeastern Woodlands Native American Maliseet or Micmac Maple Wood Single Blade Canoe Paddle. Old smooth and dry patina – the letter ‘Y’ carved to one end. Circa 1840. Size: 203cm long – 80 ins long. Beautifully crafted from one piece of figured maple wood this paddle was made to be used with a birch bark canoe. It is generally considered that Micmac and Passamaquoddy birch bark canoes were the finest of all bark canoes and were built for use on both rivers and the ocean.