April 05, 2019 10:00 AM EDT Cincinnati


J. Wilson (American, 19th century) Attributed, Engraved Pipe Tomahawk, From the Collection of William H. Jensen (ca 1887-1979), Minnesota

forged blade with original gasket; each face of blade with rocker engraved embellishments, a floral spray on one side, opposite with suit of cards; the stem with tacked and file branded decorations; sinew-sewn hide drop beaded in colors of red, white, cobalt, and medium blue, overall length 34 in., length of tomahawk 21.25 in., width of blade 3.5 in.
mid-19th century

Penciled on haft is the name Ray Eagle Chasing, who was listed as a police officer in Sisseton, South Dakota in the 1880s.

For an identified example see: Baldwin, John, Tomahawks and Pipe Axes of the American Frontier, Early American Artistry Trading Company (1995: 103); other comparative examples: Peterson, Harold. American Indian Tomahawks, Museum of the American Indian (1971: no. 188 and 198, pg. 118 and 120).

Provenance:From the Collection of William H. Jensen (ca 1887-1979), Minnesota; Purchased from family of Ray Chasing Eagle


 Beaded drop likely a later addition.

Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000
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