~ 1950s Collectible Hammer Poll Style Timber Cruiser Hatchet Tomahawk with Original Leather Sheath and Classic Arrowhead Logo ~
An Original LEWIS TOMAHAWK by the SHELDON-WELLS COMPANY of KINZUA, PENNSYLVANIA
This very, very, gently used--if used at all--tomahawk / ax / hatchet with its original leather sheath and hammer head is in original condition. It came from my uncle's estate, who was quite the collector! Since he never did woodworking or outdoor type activities, it leads me to believe the ax was never used. The ax head is tight on the handle. The handle is also in wonderful condition. It looks like it just came off the store shelf! A shopper who saw my listing said he thought this particular style ax was called a Timber Cruiser Hatchet, however, when I looked up cruisers on the internet, it indicated those were double headed blades, so I am not sure of that designation.
I read on the internet that the Sheldon-Wells Co. of Kinzua, PA made tomahawks in the 1940s and 1950s before the company was flooded out by the Allegheny Reservoir. Most of their tomahawks were made with a pointed end opposite the cutting ax blade and used for throwing.
But this hammer poll style tomahawk / hatchet with its original leather sheath is far more rare and its like new condition makes it VERY COLLECTIBLE!
I read boat builders used light weight axes like this. Boys' Life Magazine would advertise these types of tomahawks as a tool: Light enough to carry, yet will really chop and split. A favorite with hunters, trappers, scouts... Forged steel head... Brightly polished...
The actual blade measures about 2 1/4 inches tall. Total length of the ax head is about 5 3/4 inches. The tomahawk is about 12 1/4 from handle end to ax head top.
The only 'flaws' if you can even call them that are a few very minor nicks (possibly from the manufacturer as they seem to be varnished over) or scratches on the handle. (I did not polish the wood at all, which would enhance its look.) There are a few very, very minor nicks / dots on the ax head. (See photos) Even so, the tomahawk is in exceptional vintage condition. Please feel free to ask questions, and I will try to answer as best as I am able.
It is a very nice piece and would make a welcome gift or addition to your collection. It could also be used as a prop, for reenactors, or great addition to mountain man costume?
Please remember that in general, vintage items, even gently used ones have minor imperfections. I have tried to photograph and describe the hat so you can see what you are purchasing. This tomahawk ax is in exceptional vintage condition.
This tomahawk hatchet would please any collector of vintage tools or scout items.
Feel free to ask questions. The hatchet is located in Brookfield, Wisconsin (just west of Milwaukee County.)
I sell from a smoke-free, pet-free home. All sales are final. Payment is due in cash upon pickup.
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