Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3080: American Style Rifleman's Belt Axe

Auction Date: September 12, 2021

American Rifleman's Belt Axe

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $7,000

American Rifleman's Belt Axe

Manufacturer: None
Model: None
Type: Other
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Class: Other

As the American frontier pushed farther west from the late 18th to early 19th century, these small multipurpose axes became a staple of the equipment carried by both civilians and military. Though not large enough for heavy woodcutting, they were a sufficient utilitarian tool for most camp related tasks, as well as making a fine hand to hand weapon should the discharging of a firelock fail to ward off an attacker. They are typically smaller and lighter than hand axes, yet styled more like a woodland tool than their weapon-like tomahawk counterparts. Most of these scarce small axes consist of either just the axe head or have a replaced handle. This axe still has the original black paint or dried grease on the head and hasn't been reworked. 12 3/4 inches from the end of the candy striped handle to the head and a 5 inch long iron head with a 1 7/8 inch wide edge.

Rating Definition:

Very good, attractively aged with the loosely fitted head showing mostly a dark brown-black patina with bright areas near the edge. The handle is also very good showing a moderate warp and a some hairline age cracking. An indispensable frontier tool and weapon!

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