Described as an artifact synonymous with Canadian culture, a curved piece of maple purported to be the world's oldest hockey stick is up for sale on eBay.

The stick is believed to be about 180 years old.

The owner, Mark Presley of Berwick, N.S., says he bought the stick in 2008 for $1,000.

Bidding on the online auction site reached $10,100 by early Friday.

Presley says he bought the stick from a retired barber in North Sydney, who had displayed it in his shop for over 30 years.

It is believed to have been made near North Sydney.

The stick was crafted between 1835 and 1838, according to tests done at Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B.

The initials W.M. for William Moffat are scratched on it.

The famous Rutherford hockey stick sold on eBay in 2001 for $2.2. million. It was carved by Alexander Rutherford Sr. around 1852.

With files from CBC news