A VERY GOOD FRENCH & INDIAN WAR/COLONIAL/AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD TRADE-TYPE BELT-AXE TOMAHAWK, ca. 1750s: In overall very untouched condition. The 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″, hand-forge, unmarked, iron “Trade-type” blade with its original cutting edge and a rectangular poll: some old chips/nicks to the tips of the cutting-edge. Retains a smooth, brown-gray, age patina with gunmetal highlights, some light discoloration and scattered light pitting/forge-roughness: the base with a “9”? marking. Well-made reproduction, 13 3/4″, flat-sided, wooden haft with hand-carved contours: some minor abrasions, stains and a piercing for a suspension-cord. In overall fine condition. The blade with smooth untouched surfaces, a sharp cutting edge with minor nicks. Very nice haft with aged surfaces, some handling marks, hairlines and wear/stains. A very nice example of an authentic Colonial/Revolutionary War Period Belt-Axe Tomahawk, ca. 1750s. Overall length, 13 3/4″.
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