18th C Iron Native American Indian Trade Axe Tomahawk
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2 3/4" Tall x 4 1/4" Ext 1 1/8" HoleSuperb example of an original mid to late 18th century trade axe, indicative of those used in the process of trading with the Native American Indians by European traders during the fur-trade era
of early America.
As cited in reference books such as "Where Two Worlds Meet: The Great Lakes Fur Trade" by the Minnesota Historical Society , the process of trading axe heads for trapped and hunted furs was one that met satisfaction on both the parts of the European and early American traders and the Native American Indians. While traders where amazed at the value of a forged iron axe heads, Indians were perplexed on the value of the pelts of fur they procured. As such, each party mutually benefited from the transactions, the 'axe' being a forerunner in the trading process.
To a Native American the iron axe was a truly revolutionary item. The steel inset blade far out performed any stone product and became vital not only in the means of various agricultural duties, but often used as a weapon of warfare. To the American or European trader, fur pelts were a valuable commodity as the styles of the period thrilled on animal furs not only for coats but also of hats, an almost mandatory item for a gentleman of any class.
This particular axe embodies some wonderful stylistic elements ... read more