An American hammer poll tomahawk

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Lot 45
An American hammer poll tomahawk
18th century

Sold for US$ 87,750 inc. premium
An American hammer poll tomahawk
18th century
With one piece iron head. Baluster turned hammer head poll. The blade inscribed To your arms solder and feight (sic) continued into and inlaid silver crescent moon. JC or SC are also engraved on either side of the eight-pointed star (possibly the owner's initials). Semi-oval eye almost round. Haft of semi-oval section slightly tapering burnt tiger maple.
Condition: Head with dark patina, the inscription partially worn. Wood with mars, light scratches, and crack near head. Some of the burnt tigering is worn away near middle of the haft.
19 1/4" x 7 3/4"

Footnotes

  • William H. Guthman, U.S. Army Weapons 1784-1791. A Publication of the American Society of Arms Collectors, 1975, p.69.
    American Society of Arms Collectors, Bul. No. 81. p.16.
    William H. Guthman, The Magazine Antiques, July 1966, p.119.
    William H. Guthman, The Magazine Antiques, March 1981, Frontiersmen's tomahawks of the colonial and Federal periods, p. 660, Fig. 2.
    Harold Peterson, American Indian Tomahawks. Museum of the American Indian: Heye Foundation, 1965, p. 99 and illus.
    Daniel Hartzler and James Knowles, Indian Tomahawks & Frontiersmen Belt Axes. Privately printed, 1995, p. 82.
    Robert Abels, Bowie Knives. New York: by author, 1960, p. 47.

    Provenance: Acquired from Robert Abels. Found in Philadelphia.
An American hammer poll tomahawk
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