June 24 & 25, 2022: 42nd Semi-Annual Premier Americana Auction
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RARE NATIVE AMERICAN / FRONTIERSMAN COLONIAL-ERA PIPE TOMAHAWK, triangular blade, iron with steel blade edge, oval eye flanked by two vertical ridges to each side, octagonal bowl-form pipe poll on octagonal stem with disk knop, leather-wrapped handle, possibly ash, likely period shortened, drilled through for pipe, with notched "crow track" decoration to leather.

Condition : Very good as-found condition with expected wear and irregularities from use, haft slightly loose, likely shortened as described.

Circa : Third quarter 18th century.

Item Dimensions: 10" LOA, head 6" L, blade edge 1 7/8".

Provenance : Property from an important West Coast private collection.Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates, 11/12/2016, lot 193.Ex-private collection of Wallace Gusler; acquired from Steve Fuller in 2005.Ex-collection of Steve Fuller, OH.Ex-collection of George Carro

Estimate : 8000 - 12000

Catalog Note : Published: Hartzler/Knowles - Indian Tomahawks and Frontiersman Belt Axes, p. 117, fig. 10; and Johnston - Accoutrements II, pl. 91.
Catalogue Note: This example is likely one of a group of six or seven related examples, one of which is dated 1758. The 1758 example is illustrated in "Indian Tomahawks and Frontiersmen Belt Axes", by Daniel D. Hartzler and James A. Knowles, p. 113, fig. 5. The caption fails to cite the engraved 1758 date. All the pieces of this group share these features: a flat top poll with transition molding beneath, an octagonal neck that rises straight out of the flat of the poll, followed by an octagonal disc-form knop, the octagonal bowl rises above the raised ring, and a relief octagonal molding surrounds the bowl cavity.
This tomahawk head is the simplest example in the group. The workmanship was quickly executed and the eye is formed thinner with less attention to detail than all the others which show a more mature design, finer moldings, and engraving. The quick and cheaper quality of this example is the only reason to attribute the group as American, rather than imports from Europe. European production involved a model example and distribution to contract workers, often referred to as "cottage industry." The simplicity and misaligned planes found in this example are strong signs of American back county production. It is important as proof of the group’s origin and is a rare example with a Southern background.
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $4,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $5,652.50
Estimate: $8,000.00 - $12,000.00
Number Bids:5