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c.1899 Mortimer Threehouse Wapoose Canoe

c. 1899 Mortimer Threehouse "Wapoose" wood canoe

I thought some of you would be interested in this. A beautiful hand made antique boat sold today at an auction on my street. It sold for $4,350 plus tax and 10% buyer's premium (approx. $5,168).

"Mortimer Threehouse (1860-1918 +/-) All-wood antique canoe meticulously restored, 'Wapoose' One of 30 built by this reclusive Rochester maker. 15'8" long. Documentation available."

I rarely see these old canoes in this condition outside museums.

Link to the auction site with pictures:

http://www.reynoldsauction.com/Auction/2014/140329A_SpearEstate/Photo1.aspx

http://www.reynoldsauction.com/Auction/2014/140329A_SpearEstate/
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  • New York State...
    ... seems to be the original home of most of the really old, finely crafted canoes I've ever seen or heard about. That one is quite a find.
  • Wow
    That canoe looks right at home next to the antique hard wood side board. I wonder if Threehouse is Nick Schade's great grand daddy?
  • Looks very much like a Peterborough
    no doubt the original builder was influenced by them. Peterborough Ontario is not far from Rochester NY.

    I wonder what WCHA members would think about the astronomical price it sold for.. Its not that old a boat and most pristine wood canoes sell for far less.

    It is however one of the costliest constructions one can do.
  • Wapoose Canoe
    Auction was right here in town and missed it by a mile.
    Wonder if the canoe included the sail rig. There is a ring attached to the front deck and and step on the keel to hold the mast. Brass insert in rear deck to position a rudder. Could not see any hardware to position lee boards, but they might have been clam-on.
    Unique boat, well made.
  • No sailing rig
    No sailing rig was included, just a paddle and a fishing net. Both looked old, but I can't say for sure if they were the same vintage as the canoe.

    It sold for a lot more than I thought it would, it was a bidding war at the end. In the heat of it they probably didn't factor in the additional $800 for the buyer's premium and sales tax! I talked to the guy who bought it, he may have had a little buyer's remorse after he got the final bill.
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    Wapoose
    No buyer's remorse at all ! Price was fair and consistent with the recent sale of two others in less pristine condition and 15 thousand plus below the outrageous asking/buy it now price of its sister ship, OWANA, now in the collection of the Antique Boat Museum. Offers for her exceeded the Wapoose price by 5 - 7 thousand dollars. About six are known to exist out of a total production by this artisan of a dozen or so. I doubt that WAPOOSE was used in paddling/sailing races; most likely the sailing hardware on her was an option for leisurely reaching or downwind legs on the Genessee for which she was built. You bought a Capt. Ruggles for racing.
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    wapoose
    were you the winner bidder?
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