A Western Great Lakes ball head club
Lot 5410
A Western Great Lakes ball head club
Sold for US$ 22,500 inc. premium
Auction Details
A Western Great Lakes ball head club
Lot Details
A Western Great Lakes ball head club
Having an animal effigy handle, the ball head inset with small tapering iron blade, distinctly decorated on both sides with incised turtle, maple leaf, Federal eagle, star and sun motifs along with geometric accents in green, red and blue pigments.
length 21 1/2in


  • Provenance:
    Major General Oliver Otis Howard (November 8, 1830 – October 26, 1909) and descended through the family; sold by Cowan's Auctions, Cincinnati OH, March 25, 2011, lot 290

    An extensive history of Major General Howard was included in the Cowan's cataloguing of this lot. Of particular relevance is the following:
    "Oliver Otis Howard (1830-1909) was born in Maine. He graduated 4th in his class at USMA in 1854 and became a 2nd Lieut. in the ordnance department. Howard got his first experience fighting Indians in Florida as chief ordnance officer under Gen. Harney in the Seminole Wars...In 1872 Howard was sent to negotiate with Cochise in an effort to end the guerrilla war with the Chiricahua Apaches. Howard succeeded, establishing a reserve in Southeast Arizona, but many thought he gave Cochise too much land and too many concessions. The situation was different in 1877 when he was sent to persuade Joseph and his band of Nez Perce to leave the Wallowa Valley in Oregon to go to the reservation created for them in Lapwai, Idaho. Although Howard agreed with Joseph that his people had never given up their land by treaty, he informed Joseph that the Nez Perce could not live in Oregon any more, there were too many settlers and conflict was going to arise. When Nez Perce warriors killed several white settlers, Howard brought the full force of the U.S. Army to bear against the hold-outs, pursuing Joseph's band through Idaho into Montana to nearly the Canadian border. After Joseph's famous surrender, true to his morals, Howard continued to support the Nez Perce claim on their land, though it did little good."
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