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Dagger Spontoon Tomahawk


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This a copy of an original 19th century Dagger style Spontoon tomahawk I finished recently. Forged from rifle barrel and 1084 steel with pierce work, whitesmithed, and an aged patina. Handle is black Walnut with fire checkering, incise carving, paint and brass tacks. Raw hide quirt with wool and glass beads.
Handle is 23in, head it 14in
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Wow!  That is a good looking piece.  Very impressive work.

Was the haft on the original as brightly decorated?  My knowledge of the American West is limited to black and white images.

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Many of the late period ones are very brightly decorated. By the 1860s and the invention of aniline dyes and pigments, color became cheap and readily available for the first time in history. Yes, hard to tell because of black and white early photography - but then, just as now, people like color and showy things if they can have them

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That's a beautiful piece of work. Love the shapes involved in that dagger. Needed to zoom in to appreciate all the little details filed in around the head.

 

Thanks for sharing.

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