1910-30 Folk Art Canoe Paddle


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Awesome looking folk art painted canoe paddle. Salvaged from the mud at Lake Lenape, PA. Fantastic original painted surface with excellent patina.

This is the story I got from the previous owner:  “The paddle comes from a canoe rental facility that was adjacent to Lenape Park in Pocopson, Pa., that operated from 1910-1930 or so. The owner of the canoe place was eccentric, to say the least, and decorated all the canoes and paddles with imaginary names and designs from his own head. When the paddles broke in the mud of the Brandywine Creek, he’d hang them in the boathouse. Before it was a boathouse, it was a dance hall associated with the park. It is condemned now and will soon be torn down, but these paddles (I have several) hung in the rafters of this ancient, sloping dance hall. The park was on a rail line that ran from West Chester (PA). I went to the park as a kid, but it closed in the early 70s.”

Mounted on an old painted pine stand. A great story for a cool piece. A 1916 post card of the lake is included.


Date: 1910-1930.


Size: 32″  x  7″.


Condition: Expected aging and wear. End of paddle is long gone. Traces of lake mud still remain. Please see photos to determine condition.


Price: $181


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