I looked at a canoe yesterday for someone wanting to sell, and think I stumbled on a Rushton. Unfortunately, the interior is painted and there are no decals or nameplates anywhere. Very faintly stamped on the bow stem appears to be "JH Rushton, Canton NY". Originally this looks like it was covered by a round metal tag, which is long gone. We couldn't find a serial number anywhere, but the paint is pretty thick. This is an odd canoe - closed gunwales, but without evidence of a railcap. The shear plank is very wide, at least double the width of the other planks. The bow seat is mounted on stringers screwed to the ribs and the stern seat is bolted directly to the inwales w/o dowel extenders. Both seats are roughly built w/o much relief of the edges. The only thwart is the rear quarter thwart, and there is no evidence others were ever present. Sorry, neither of us had a tape measure to get dimensions, but it appears to be about 16'. Any opinions on whether this is a Rushton, and if so, what model and vintage? Is the end of the stem where I should tell the owner to look for the serial number?