Thursday, July 2, 2009

Auction Paddles has a great collection of paddle art for the avid collection. After doing a basic search (predominately in the "Sold" category), I came across a couple of unique paddle shapes and designs. All of these seem to have been purchased (although the selling price is not provided to non-members of the site), but they've peaked my interest. Hopefully you'll enjoy them too.

Pair of Painted Iroquois Canoe Paddles, made of two piece hardwood, red and white painted blade, unpainted shaft; each 65.5" long. Ex Howard K. Echenstern Collection.

Native American painted and Pyrography canoe paddle in half size. Circa 1915. Measures 36" long.

Pair of hand-painted canoe paddles with leaping fish. One handle painted green, the other handle painted red. 57 1/2" high . Condition: very good. Late 20th Century

Circa1940 Old Wooden Canoe Paddle, Hand-Carved.
Very long-bladed, long-handled canoe paddle, probably hand carved circa 1940. Incised carving on handle. The name 'Al Beauvais' is carved into the top of the handle with a fish. The initials 'AB' are carved into the other side. The blade is painted red. Overall length: 67". Condition: very good.

Four canoe paddles decorated with eagles, sunbursts, teepees, lettering, about 55 in. Nail and screw wounds, scratches and abrasions. Provenance: Said to have been used in the movie [Last of the Mohicans]; Bob Timberlake Collection.

Amazonian Decorated Canoe Paddle, single piece of wood with finely carved handle and ribbed blade, all in original black painted/stained geometric decoration; 60.5" long, with fine polished patina from use.
From the Estate of John Auraden of Hamilton & Fairhaven, Ohio.

Northwest Coast Painted Canoe Paddle, carved hardwood fashioned with a slightly convex triangular blade and raised central vein terminating into spade, two-pieced shaft with handle portion painted black, "T" shaped grip. Blade divided into four quadrants with alternating solid black blocks and red and yellow eyes, imagery of raven emerges at tip of blade, length 54.25", width of blade (at widest) 5.5".
Ex First People's Museum of the American Indian and Eskimo

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