Lot 134

Rare & Fine Missouri War Axe Tomahawk

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

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$1,000 $100
$2,000 $250
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$25,000 $2,500
$100,000 $5,000
This is an outstanding, rare and fine Missouri War Axe Tomahawk attributed to the Otoe. This is a very rare, circa 1800-1820 specimen, with only two known examples in any private collections or museums. The other nearly identical example sold in the Soulis Auction (Dirk Soulis) in Missouri August 2021 for $33,040 (w/ bp) which was noted as being collected in 1980’s from a Kansas City, Missouri estate sale. These are the only two examples known to have these unique and unusual cut outs in the blade, most likely made by the same hand. The blade, as on all authentic early examples, is a blunt-cut, un-sharpened end. It features rare shapes and cut outs, punch dot decoration and filed lines over the eye hole. The cut outs show a stylized weeping heart with four point circle punch dot cross like design and stylized “V” with punch dot ends. The hardwood haft handle has a few rows of tacks at the top and bottom and the top fo the haft has three simple tacks applied. The bottom of the haft has a serrated cut, “staircase” tiered edge as seen and documented on early authentic Missouri War Axe tomahawks that does not appear on any other style of American Indian tomahawk. The Soulis example also has the identical haft with serrated cut bottom. The piece has a small drop of two black bear claws with old tiny, tarnished brass trade beads. The piece was collected from the Otoe and is mostly definitely a Central Plains region creation. This is truly an incredible tomahawk with only two known pieces in this cutout form and possibly one of the most rare and important tomahawks on the open market with such amazing art appeal. Provenance: From the ex-Glenn Ford Conservatorship collection, Ted Levy collection Santa Rosa, California. The blade and haft have some minor and expected nicks, dings and wear from true age and use. A picture of the Soulis example is shown for representation.*