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    Posted 7 years ago

    fortapache
    (2979 items)

    This is a trade axe aka tomahawk which were made like this up until the mid 1800s. This style was on favored by American Indians and were generally used as tools. Although it was also used as a weapon. There was a version with a spike opposite the axe head which was primarily a weapon. Another version with a hammer head was favored by pioneers. The nomadic Indians liked these because they were light and they had to carry all their belongings on them. These would also be used by trappers and mountain men.
    The axe head is 4 1/2" long and the shaft is about 15 1/2" long.
    I keep it handy next to my Italian Cavalry sword.

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    1. AsherasAttic AsherasAttic, 7 years ago
      I'm a fan of the Vikings TV show on the history channel so I'd like to think this belonged to Ragnar Lothbrook or his brother, Rollo! LOL! Wrong century, I know!
      :-)
    2. fortapache fortapache, 7 years ago
      Thank you very much AsheraAttic. It does look like the axes on that show.
    3. fortapache fortapache, 7 years ago
      Thank you
      vetraio50
      AsherasAttic
      mikelv85
      Caperkid
      aghcollect
      blunderbuss2
    4. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 7 years ago
      very cool... I'll see if I can post some info for u ....
    5. BHock45 BHock45, 7 years ago
      It looks like a trade axe to me. Here you go:

      https://www.google.com/search?q=antique+trade+axe&es_sm=119&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAmoVChMIiK7wgbXUxwIVSxc-Ch1tqg63&biw=1356&bih=715
    6. fortapache fortapache, 7 years ago
      Thank you very much Roycroft. Feel free to look up some more info.
    7. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 7 years ago
      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/167218-for-fortapache?in=activity
      smiling....
    8. fortapache fortapache, 7 years ago
      Thank you very much BHock45. It definitely seems to be a trade axe. Looks like time to amend the description.
    9. fortapache fortapache, 7 years ago
      And thank you very much again Roycroftbookfromme1. Very kind to make a post just for me.
      Hmmmm it is Indian style.
    10. fortapache fortapache, 7 years ago
      Thank you
      frisco
      ho2cultcha
      Roycroftbooksfromme1
      Trey
      SEAN68
    11. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 7 years ago
      If you look at the cutting edge, was it sharpened on only one side or both sides? It makes a difference
    12. fortapache fortapache, 7 years ago
      Looks like just one edge to me. Photo 3 shows the unsharpened side.
    13. kerry10456 kerry10456, 7 years ago
      It's a cool wall hanger, what ever the true purpose might be....I'd be proud owner of such a piece, just for the appearance and would make interesting conversations to the grandkids as how Davy Crockett used this to hued out his first canoe in Ohio :-)
    14. fortapache fortapache, 7 years ago
      fhrjr2 I am eager to hear what the difference is.
    15. Mike802 Mike802, 7 years ago
      Morning, we have a lot of old stuff, I could use some help finding a reputable dealer or reference,.,.,.Thanks M
    16. AsherasAttic AsherasAttic, 7 years ago
      Hi Mike: have you considered opening an etsy store? I have one called Ashera's Attic and it's doing quite well selling antiques and collectibles. I have no special knowledge. I just have some stuff I've collected and inherited over the years. Just trying to thin down the collection. It's easy, fun and cheap. 20 cents to list an item for four months. If it sells, etsy takes 3.5%. The buyer pays for shipping. You get more than a dealer would give you and way more than you'd get at a yard sale. Plus it's fun! :-)
    17. fortapache fortapache, 7 years ago
      Thank you very much Kerry. Hanging on the wall it is but I am going to use a square nail.
    18. fortapache fortapache, 7 years ago
      Thank you
      kerry10456
      pw-collector
      Mike802
      bobby725
    19. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 7 years ago
      I would venture to say you have a timber hewing axe. They were only sharpened on one side so it would shave the timber and leave a fairly smooth timber without splinters. Many people find them and try to restore them and assume both sides of the cutting edge should be sharpened. They were always hand filed inward never outward and run on a whet stone wheel if one was handy.
    20. fortapache fortapache, 7 years ago
      Thank you fhrjr2. I am not very sure about it being sharpened just on one side. It is wedge shaped and not flat on one side.
    21. fortapache fortapache, 7 years ago
      Thank you Radegunder.
    22. yougottahavestuff yougottahavestuff, 3 years ago
      Nice tomahawk!! going to an auction tomorrow there's a hatchet and knife mint condition!! with leather case. Made by the Tomahawk Axe & knife Co. Clinton Mass.
      They went out of biz in 1943. Wish me luck!!
      Stuff
    23. yougottahavestuff yougottahavestuff, 3 years ago
      My mistake it's has matches and compass no knife. made by the Tomahawk Co. for the Boy Scouts in 1935.
    24. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Thank you very much stuff. Hope you win with a good price.

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