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Early Paint Decorated Canoe Seat
This canoe seat came from Michigan and dates from the mid to late 1800s. This is most likely one of a pair that would have been facing each other in a canoe. The heart cutout and painted flower suggest love or courting. The seat back is canted for comfort. The paint decoration was done by an expert carriage painter with a good hand to create the elaborate design. It is well constructed and sturdy enough for continued use. Probably made of pine. Measuring 21" tall at the seat back; seat is 15 1/2" wide by 13 1/4" deep (17 1/4" deep overall). A great piece of American folk art!