A fine silver-mounted pipe tomahawk
The Crabtree tomahawk, late 18th/early 19th century
The steel head of one piece with teardrop shaped eye, the pipe bowl of somewhat slender form tapering to the turned rim. One side inlaid in German silver with a crescent moon and sun-in-splendor; the reverse inlaid in copper with a naive design incorporating a tree form, a rain cloud with the initials O + C, and with a series of enigmatic forms below. Retaining the original hickory (?) haft mounted with a silver cap and wide silver bands below the head and at the base. The bands decorated with rows of punched dots and circles, the upper band crudely incised with a sun-in-splendor. One side of haft with incised with a simple plant form. Together with photocopy of a 24 page article on Agreen Crabtree from The American Neptune, A Quarterly Journal of Maritime History, January 1982.
Condition: Head with dark patina showing some pitting. Haft and silver mounts with minor marks, the smoking stem missing.