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Long-handled Mandan Spike Tomahawk, early 19th C

This early transitional forged spiked tomahawk is from the Robert Wheeler collection and features a long old handle. These long handled spike tomahawks were first mentioned in the Lewis and Clark journals and used by the Mandan tribes on horseback. Eastern tribal warfare depended on lighter weaponry that could be carried across woodlands, so the hafts on their weapons were much shorter and the heads generally lighter. The Plains tribes preferred heavier long handled weapons like the famous gun stock tomahawks and this example with a larger forged head. Head on this piece is 9 1/2" long with a 3 3/4" cutting edge, with dark patina. Long haft, the total length 30 ½" and showing signs of age and usage. Haft with a small chipped area on the end. Wheeler’s white catalog number on the underside of the spike. Eliptical eye with forged seam. From one of the most respected authors and collectors in the field..

TR1039 $2595

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