Category: Tomahawk Region: Northeast Tribe: Unknown Period: 1825-1850 Materials: Wood; metal; pewter Description: Early eastern pipe tomahawk with pewter inlay. Pewter mouthpiece in the likeness of a fish. Pewter inlays on handle inscribed on right side with an indian shooting a bow and a dog at his feet. Inlay on the left side inscribed with a bow and arrow. Blade inscribed with initials "WJL". Hinged lid covers the pipe bowl.
Dimensions: Length 17.25 inches
Provenance: Jim Dresslar Collection
References: Baldwin, John, Tomahawks - Pipe Axes of the American Frontier, Early American Artistry-Trading Company, West Olive, Michigan, 1995, pp 2
Hartzler, Daniel D. and James A. Knowles, Indian Tomahawks & Frontiersmen Belt Axes, Daniel D. Hartzler and James A. Knowles, 1995, pp 162, Fig. 100
Baldwin, John, Indian War Clubs of the American Frontier,Early American Artistry-Trading Company, West Olive, Michigan, 2001, pp 15, Fig. 7
Collection: Warnock Category: Knife-Knife Case Region: Northeast Tribe: Great Lakes - Eastern Great Lakes Period: 1775-1800 Materials: Native tanned and black dyed deerskin; dyed and natural porcupine quills; brass cones and dyed red deerhair. Description: Knife case is decorated with quillwork including a heart shaped design in red, yellow and white quills, a central vertical band in red, black, and yellow, zigzag white lines, etc. Case is attached to neck strap which includes segment of netted quillwork.
Dimensions: Length (with strap) 20.5 inches 52 cm; Length (case only) 10.4 inches 26 cm Provenance: Charles Messiter Collection, Alexander Gallery, Epic Fine Arts Co./Masco Corp.
Exhibitions: Akicita, The Southwest Museum, Los Angeles, May 17 1983 - July 10, 1983
Splendid Heritage, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe, May 27, 1995 - September 27, 1995,
Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, October 23, 1998 - October 3, 1999
Splendid Heritage, The Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, February 10, 2009 - March 1, 2010 References: Sotheby's Auction Catalogue, Sotheby's, New York, Sale 4842Y, Lot 287, April 24, 1982
Warnock, John and Marva, eds, Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art, University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City, 2009, pp 71
I built this gun in the spring of 2004 for my good friend Fred Foxworthy. Fred was not a black powder shooter but he wanted the best parts available in this gun. The 32 cal. Rice barrel is 44 inches long, 1 turn in 66 inches. The late English lock is from Jim Chambers. Walter Cane set triggers. The cast trigger guard was shaped to fit Fred's bad hand. I made all the other mounts. The gun was test fired before delivery and it was not fired again. It is in new condition.
This spiked tomahawk was made to resemble a mid to late 18th century piece. It has a cutting edge of 2 3/4 inches. The head including the spike is 8 1/2 inches wide. The forged head is secured to the split ash handle with wooden wedges. The length of the handle is 20 1/2 inches. This spiked tomahawk has been my personal hawk for nearly fifteen years. It has served me well providing wood for fires, field dressing deer and it even snagged a couple of salmon from a stream while I was on a survival outing in Alaska.
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