Saturday, April 14, 2012

French and Indian War Pewter Pipe Tomahawk

Ca 1750. Pewter head of early style. 16.5" ash haft decorated with pewter inlays, pewter cap and pewter mouth piece.

This rare example has survived in excellent untouched condition. It retains its original ash handle with pewter mouthpiece and fretwork section. It is likely that this type was manufactured in Canada for distribution to Indian allies of the French. An example is documented in 1756 in the Sir William Johnson papers.

A series of half-circle impressions are present on both sides of the tomahawk's eye. The consignor believes that these were made by the iron collar on the ramrod that receives the wiper (modern term: worm). When loading, sometimes the ball is reluctant to seat all the way down to the powder charge. This usually occurs after fouling builds up as a result of a series of discharges. The consignor believes the marks are from this collar made by using the side of the eye as a hammer to seat the ball.

Selections from the Wallace Gusler Collection. Stephen Fuller, Mike Tuccori to Wallace Gusler
Condition: Pipe is bent a little with some nicks and dings. This pipe tomahawk is in outstanding condition, totally untouched and in the black. A truly great museum piece.

Copy and photos from Cowan Auctions, this item will be in the May 2-3, 2012 Auction.

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