Antique Native American Indian Missouri War Axe Tomahawk

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Extremely rare, authentic antique, 19th century, important native American Indian war axe tomahawk from Missouri River Basin, stamped with two marks.
The hand-forged steelhead with a wide blade and a small round eye with visible hammer marks is adorned with a cutout weeping heart and stamped on one side of the blade below the eye with a small, narrow rectangular trademark "CAST STEEL" and a small armorer mark.
It is mounted in its original wood haft with a circular brass pommel cup and, in the end, pierced with the hole for a suspending cord.

The steelhead is formed of hand-forged steel sheet folded and welded together as is commonly used in these types of the axe. The trademark "CAST STEEL" does not mean that the axe was cast as an axe but that it was forged from cast steel.
The "CAST STEEL" trademark was used in various forms during the 19th century around 1850 -1900 and was stamped on many steel products, including tools and axes.
The term "Cast Steel" referred to the steel grade, not how the head was made and was a quality mark. This was a more refined process than the simple blister steel that was commonly used.
The Pawnee and Osage warriors used this style of the Missouri war axe.
Such axes are rare, as they were made in small numbers and were only used by a small handful of tribes along the upper Missouri River basin.

CONDITION: It shows age and uses, in overall good untouched condition. No repairs or restoration. The steel blade and the wooden haft with a beautiful old patina.

Overall length: 63.5cm (25 inches)
The overall length of the head: 21 cm (8.3 inches)
Height of the blade: 12.5 cm (4.9 inches)
Weight: 580 grams (1.3 lb.)


1.American Indian Tomahawks Peterson, Harold L.

2.Indian tomahawks & frontiersmen belt axes. By Daniel D Hartzler; James A Knowles

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Militaria & Weapons
Edged Weapons & Knives
Antiques (approx100yrs)
19th century
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Steel and Wood