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Rifle Barrel Ends and Tomahawk Axe


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North America, United States, ca. 19th to early 20th century CE. An interesting collection of steel ends from a rifle barrel that show the progression from merely a muzzle end into a tomahawk axe, the rifle barrels used were from an antique gun but were probably shaped in modern times for demonstrative purposes. Europeans brought iron headed tomahawks to trade with Native American tribes to use as peace offerings to ensure harmonious relations. Frontiersmen and settlers looking to trade with the Native Americans likely fashioned tomahawks from scrap iron and steel – the salvaged end of a gun barrel would have been the perfect item to make a tomahawk head as exemplified by this collection showing each stage of the process. Each piece is professionally mounted onto a wooden panel with a bolt. Perfect as an educational display piece to demonstrate some interesting forging / blacksmithing production. Unclear the age of each piece, but tomahawk is probably 19th century.

PERIOD: 19th Century

ORIGIN: Unknown, Continental

SIZE: Axe Head 6 1/2"L x 2 1/2"W, Panel 21"L x 7"W

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