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The one piece construction made of steel, the blade pierced with a clover leaf design and both the faceted poll and the blade decorated with punched concentric circles and dots and banded with inlays of copper and brass. The long wooden haft studded with bands of brass tacks
Probably Comanche or Sioux
Circa 1860 – 70
Size: 68cm long – 26¾ ins long
Once a gun had been fired it was useless until it could be reloaded, an edged weapon had much more potential especially when used on surprise attacks and raids. Normally a war hatchet or tomahawk was used in much the same manner as a club, but it could also be thrown to reach an enemy at some distance, although hurling a hatchet at a moving target so that it will strike blade foremost required considerable skill. George Catlin spoke of the tomahawk being thrown 'with unerring and deadly aim'.