Lot 131

C. 1870 Knife Blade War Club Tomahawk w/ Tacks

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $5
$50 $10
$100 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$25,000 $2,500
$100,000 $5,000
This is an fantastic circa 1870’s Knife Blade War Club Tomahawk from the Northern Plains with documentation and from the ex-collection of Albert Burris, Heritage Auctions, and Jeb Taylor. The piece comes with paper documentation stating the piece to be an authentic circa 1870’s Northern Plains example. It features a very unique pattern being made from the solid wood hewn spoke of an old wagon wheel and holding a spontoon dag like knife blade at the front. The blade has an almost surgical shape and is reminiscent of Civil War bleeders showing a tapering rounded point with slight raised center section and square tank that is secured into the solid hardwood. Each side of the war club is adorned with a Maltese cross pattern done in old 19th Century solid brass square shank tacks with a nice mellow patina. The open grain at the top of the club and weight of the piece lend towards its early Indian Wars era age along with the nice mellow patina from age and use. The end of the tapered pommel gripping area has an incised circle as well. Provenance: The piece comes with a signed letter documenting the historical evaluation and accuracy of the piece confirming the above information as being correct as this being a circa 1870’s Northern Plains example and further documenting this as being from the ex-collection of Albert Burris of the Netherlands and from Heritage Auctions where it was also found to be correct. The document is from Jeb Taylor Artifacts White Bird, ID. Truly a fantastic and unusual example of a war club. Similar to the example offered earlier this year in an NAAC sale described as being a knife blade war club from the Sioux 19th Century and shows a squared off end with tapering handle and knife blade. Measures overall 17 7/8”L by 4.25”W with he blade protruding 2 5/8”L from the stock and ¾”W. The back of the club has a museum collection number of J1007R / H.