Here's another antique paddle from the archives on LiveAuctioneers.com. It is described as a Penobscot Paddle, circa 1900 with a red-brown pigment on the blade. The delicately shaped handle has wonderful curved features with incised floral and C-scroll designs. It's a long one at 77 inches!
Penobscot Carved Wood Paddle circa 1900length: 77 inches
The same paddle posted on Skinner Auctions revealed an estimated price of $400-$600 with the final hammer price of $2,370.
Feb 23, 2016 UPDATE: This paddle is now in the collection of the Hudson Museum, University of Maine. For more images and other details see post here.