Lot 87

C. 1830-1840 Prairie Spontoon Gunstock War Club

Estimate: $8,000 - $11,000

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This is an outstanding gunstock war club with spontoon blade from the Prairie Indians and dating to circa 1830-1840’s. The piece comes with paper documentation stating the piece to be an authentic circa 1830-1840’s Prairie example. The war club tomahawk features a gunstock pattern of solid wood with a running horse head carved pommel end along with being intricately adorned with a geometric and banded tack pattern on both sides all done in 19th Century original hand forged iron petit tacks. At the front held into place with peened over iron stake or nail is the large early spontoon blade showing a double edge blade with blacksmith drift punched pierced holes and a single forged notch. The spontoon blade is thicker at the center. Per the signed document included with the piece, this blade form was popular on the prairie and plains in the 1830’s and 1840’s and was likely a trade item made at one of the Indian agencies. The club shows a split running from the spontoon double edge dag blade to the top of the gripping area with an old repair and some replaced tacks. The club is in solid condition with the blade being nicely held into place with some movement. The entire club has a nice dark chocolate shiny patina from honest age and use. Provenance: From the ex-collection of Jerry Lee and a private collection out of Dublin, Ohio. The piece comes with a Historic Artifact document from Plains Indian Artifacts Clearmont, Wyoming - Jeb Taylor Artifacts JTA White Bird, Idaho confirming the above information and date of 1830’s to 1840’s along with stating the provenance of being form the previous collection of Jerry Lee acquired in August 15th, 2015. Has a number 169 on one side of the blade correlating to the documentation. Truly a fantastic example. Measure overall 25.5”L by 12.75”W with the blade extending past the stock 6 7/8”L by 2 3/8”W.