EARLY NINETEENTH CENTURY PIPE TOMAHAWK BY NEW YORK CITY MAKER J. ROSE & SON

$14,500.00

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Item Code: 30-1970

Exceptional example. Harold Peterson lists J. Rose & Son NYC as making 36 tomahawks for the Office of Indian Affairs in 1806 at a prices ranging from 50 to 90 cents each. It is possible this tomahawk is one of the 36. Very little is known about the firm.

The head of the tomahawk is brass with a well-constructed iron edge dovetailed to the brass. The brass is beautifully incised and engraved with a flower, a tree and a building or house with a penant shaped flag. There is also a crescent moon and a bird in the sky area. The reverse side has an American wingspread eagle with shield in the center of its chest with a riband in its beak with reading “LIBERTY”.

The haft is a reproduction with silver mouthpiece and end cap – all very finely done. Rose’s maker stamping is on the top edge. Worthy of additional research.  [ss]

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