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Ojibwa Gun Stock War Club, Mid-19th C

Gun stock war clubs are among the rarest Native American weapons. The first known examples date to the 16th century and continued in use into the early 20th Century as ceremonial reservation dance items. The plains tribes used them in 1876 against George Armstrong Custer and the 7th Cavalry. This example is made of oak with early 6 ½" double trade knives and square shank brass head tacks, showing age patina and wear only obtained through hard use and warfare. Minor checking and nicks in wood. Similar example of this early form in Peterson’s "American Indian Tomahawks", example #22. This early Ojibwa Great Lakes piece is a museum grade club made for war and not a later manufactured ceremonial piece. Overall length 27 ½". Tom Richards Collection.