US$20,000 - US$30,000
See Baldwin, John, Tomahawks and Pipe Axes of the American Frontier, 1995, Early American Artistry - Trading Company, West Olive, MI, p.21, fig.36, for a similar example, possibly by the same hand
One of only four known examples of this unique type of presentation pipe tomahawk have ever been documented in any museums or private collections: the Herrington Family collection (pictured in Baldwin's book); one in the collection of the British Museum; another example deaccessioned from the Erie County Historical Society and sold at auction in 2008; and the present example, deaccessioned from Great Lakes Fur Trade Museum and thence into private hands. It was attributed to an Ojibwa chief who was later killed at a fort by his own people, but the supporting documentation has been lost over time. While Baldwin's book dates the Herrington piece to 1840, he later amended that to 1800, a date which is supported by general consensus of a number of noted authorities.
Please note this lot has been withdrawn.