Monday, June 8, 2015

c1920 Abercrombie & Fitch "Algonquin style" paddle

Here is an interesting set of paddles from the June current selections page of the

Abercrombie & Fitch Canoe Paddles
Both of these paddles are stamped with an early Abercrombie and Fitch brand on the blade, and both are decorated with a Turk's head knotted rope collar beneath the grip.
Circa 1920
6" w, 72" h

Blade Closeup

Decorative Turk's Knot on grip bases

 Abercrombie and Fitch mark on blade 

Back before Abercrombie & Fitch morphed into a casual clothing retailer, it was a major US outfitter for camping gear. One of their early catalogs (1916) is available online on Page 53 of this document has a small writeup on their 2 paddle models. Here is the screen grab..

Looks like these paddles are their 6-foot "Algonquin" style which were priced at a whopping $1.50 back then.

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