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.
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.
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