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HAMMER POLL
& RIFLEMENS BELT AXES

When the "Young men of Philadelphia" presented Davy Crockett
with an engraved tomahawk in 1834 it was a hammer poll axe.


These are for the most part "O.T.N.A. tomahawks. That is to say they
were commonly used by "other then native Americans"  With a few notable
exceptions these are the tomahawks that were carried by the average French & Indian to Revolutionary war soldier, to frontiersmen to fur trapper.
 Look for hand forged pieces with  18th century half
flaired blades with no nail pulling slot  as those didn't appear on the scene until
around 1850, for the most part, past the golden age of the tomahawk as a weapon. Many of the polls have little of the mushrooming one might expect from actual use
as a hammer which leads one to believe that they were intended as more of a counterbalance to the blade then a pounding surface. In other cases
 the smaller round polls were used as musket ball bullet starters.

Be aware that one mimic to be careful of are the later French
carpenter's hatchets. These are late 1800s and  were never used as weapons.
Typiclly though most can be easily identified by their double flaired
blades, oval eyes and a square poll.

A very appealing compact  little hammer poll
tomahawk from Maine
Circa 1740-1820
5 7/8 X 17/8  Modern haft


VA .  7  X  2 3/8 Circa 1720-1780


NY.  6 X 2 1/2  circa 1760-1840


Md.  Possible goverment issue  6 1/8  X  2 1/2 Circa 1750-1840


Great little hammer poll rifleman's belt/bag axe from PA.
4 1/4 X 2 with a 13 1/4 inch modern curly maple display haft


Ohio 6 3/8 X 3 1/4


PA.  5 3/4 X 2 3/8


CAL   5  3/4 X 2  5/8  Circa 1800-1850


BC Canada.  Trapper's axe  5 3/8  X  2 3/8  Circa 1800-1840


N.Y. 6 X 2 1/4  Ex-Tom Wnuck  coll  circa 1740-1790


Ohio.   5 1/2 X 2


PA.  4 1/2  X  2  Maker's marked, but the only
letters still visible end in  ----OOM. Circa 1760-1840


N.Y. Crown point  area    Circa 1740-1790


Southern Louisiana  7  X 3 1/8  Has makers mark E.C.I. Circa 1790-1850


PA.

Ohio 5 1/2 X 2 1/2 Circa 1740-1790

PA.  5  3/4  X  2  octagonal poll . Circa 1740-1790

Maine   7  5/8  X  2 1/4


Ohio 5  X 2 1/4


Small trapper's axe. 4 5/8 X 2


Minnesota 6 7/8 X 1 7/8 Circa 1790-1840

PA. 5 1/2 X 1 7/8

PA. 6 5/8 X 2 3/8

Western Louisiana  5 1/4 X 4 1/4

WA. 6  7/8  X  3  1/8


CONN. 4 1/2  X  2 7/8




NEW JERSEY.  7  5/8 X 2  7/8


N.Y. 6  X  2 /34


Wisconsin 6 1/4  X 2 1/4
another groupof interesting hammer poll styles


Small rifleman's or trapper's belt axe with original
haft, and sheath.  Circa 1780-1840
5 1/2  x 1 5/8   11 3/8
This small forged axe is in remarkable condition considering the
probable age and shows signs of having been painted twice,  
first red then black .


Other American hammer poll belt axes






A group shot for scale.


Various popular American hammer poll designs


A respectable group of American belt sized hammer poll
axes in several styles and conditions

boarding axes
N.H. Boarding axe w/cut off and mushroomed spike

top is a french model1786 the second a brit with a single broad arrow and BO
lack of a second arrow indicates it was still in service when lost the bottom axe is an american type two boarding axe very rare

Illinois. Tiny gun tool with flint knapping blade and bullet starter poll
3 1/2  X  1 1/4   8  5/8 Inch metal haft.  Sort of a miniature tomahawk


This is a late, brass hammer poll tomahawk  with a tall western vase style
hammer poll. Plain, basic styling but fairly period correct and very
similar to Peterson's #93 & #95 From MO. CIRCA 1850-1910  

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