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Lot 0196
**Originally Listed At $600**

Eastern Europe, Russia, imported to Alaska, ca. 17th to 18th century CE. A fine forged-iron axe head of a surprisingly lightweight composition with a slender body, a triangular hafting hole with a lower lip meant for gripping and stabilizing the pole, a tall neck with a curved lower hook, and a crescent-shaped blade head with pointed tips and a sharpened edge. Transporting hundreds of iron tools like this example across land was impractical for Russian traders, so they moved them from eastern Russia to western Alaska via well-traveled waterways. Size: 5.25" W x 4.8" H (13.3 cm x 12.2 cm).

Provenance: private southwestern Pennsylvania, USA collection; ex-private MacLeod collection, Alaska

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#146312

Condition

Minor nicks to blade edge, hafting slot, and lower hook, with old damage to top of hafting slot, and expected oxidation commensurate with age. Light earthen deposits and fine patina throughout.

Starting Bid

$550

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17th C. Russian Iron Axe Head from Alaska

Estimate $1,200 - $1,800
2d
11h
53m
23s
$5500 bids
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