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Lot 0117
The lot features a gunstock war club with spontoon iron blade attributed to the Lakota Sioux Native American Indians and dating to the turn of the century circa 19th-20th. The war club shows a solid wood carved gunstock style with wide top having a tepee symbol border crudely carved into the edge that swoops and curls together near the center of the haft. The right side of the haft shows a carved set of effigy figures including a turtle and wolf or dog with two stars. The left side shows a bird, hand, and indiscernible figural effigy carvings. The entire piece shows a rough folk art style with crude rough carving having a low artisanship. The entire tomahawk has splotches of an old red ocher pigment mineral paint that is most prominent at the outer edge and near the gripping area. The gripping area shows a worn edge and signs of an old tag or painted museum record information on the left side along with a rounded half pommel having a drilled carved pierced hole that would have held a drop of feather or beaded drop at some point. The entire tomahawk shows various nicks, scratches and dents that appear to be of an old age with rich patina shown throughout. The tomahawk war club also has a forged Revolutionary War style spontoon spike axe blade that is held into place with a hammered nail or iron spike. The blade shows e median ridge with double edged blade and cut outs on each side with heavy rusting and a dark coloring (the age of the blade is unknown but does show heavy patina). Provenance: The piece was purchased many decades ago by noted Texas Native American Indian weapons collector Williamson and has been consigned by his son after his passing. The tomahawk war club is most likely a reservation period piece that has been embellished over the years. The war club measures 5.5" x 24". Please examine the images thoroughly and base all bids on your inspection.


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Lakota Sioux Gun Stock War Club Folk Art 1890-1930

Estimate $500 - $1,250Jun 30, 2018