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    Historically Significant Lewis and Clark Expedition Spontoon Tomahawk

    Historically Significant Lewis and Clark Expedition Spontoon Tomahawk

    £7,800 (approx conversion from $9500)

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    About this item

    Officially known as the “Corps of Discovery”, the Lewis & Clark Expedition began in 1804
    and continued through 1806.   Led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, it's purpose
    was to map out new land from the Missouri to the Pacific and also to establish peace
    among the native tribes.  Private John Shields was taken along as their blacksmith to
    make metal items for the native tribes for trade and to establish trust.

     Hand-forged wrought iron head with lap-welded eye featuring 3 punched holes in the
    blade with faint dots around these holes; stamped with “JS” maker’s mark (John Shields).
    Old haft, possibly original, featuring leather wrap with brass tacks and small beaded drop
    made of old trade beads.  To be noted, this spontoon is similar to Meriwether's sketch in
    his journal while wintering among the Mandans.  Old brass shank tacks plus leather fringe
    drops at the haft eye; old square nails securing the head. Museum catalog numbers can
    be found on bottom of haft.  Head measures 12 1/4" L, 3 1/4" W.  Length with haft 17
    inches.  This spontoon tomahawk was once in a Washington State museum and later
    obtained from the Jim Dresselar Collection of rare historical relics.  It is featured in Lar
    Hothems "Rare and Unusual Indian Artifacts" p. 263.  Very possible that Shields forged
    this rare and historic spontoon tomahawk while wintering among the Mandans.

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    Additional Information

    Code

    TR1063

    Period

    19th Century

    Nationality

    American

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