An American presentation pipe tomahawk
Lot 48
An American presentation pipe tomahawk
Sold for US$ 150,000 inc. premium

Lot Details
An American presentation pipe tomahawk
An American presentation pipe tomahawk
circa 1790
With large one-piece iron head with turned pipe bowl. Lozenge shaped base flanking a round eye and inset with two border engraved silver shields. The blade inset with silver ovals. One oval engraved in script 'JH' and the other with scalloped border around 'GW'. Slightly tapering two piece round haft of curly tiger maple. Plain silver band under head at fore end. Silver 'cigar band' at mid haft engraved with naive Federal eagle and 13 stars. The other end turned for attachment of a mouthpiece (now lost).
Condition: Dark patina to iron. Silver with light scratches. 'Cigar band' with fracture at back (almost through). Wood with mars, scratches and small spots of paint.
19 3/4 x 7 7/8

Footnotes

  • Note: This tomahawk was discovered at an Antiques Roadshow taping in Boston in 2000. Bill proposed an attribution suggesting that George Washington presented the tomahawk to Josiah Harmer, John Harden or John Hamtramck. For a similar example see Harold Peterson. American Indian Tomahawks. Museum of the American Indian: Heye Foundation, 1965. p. 108, no. 135 illus.
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