The upcoming Founders & Patriots auction, presented by Morphy Auctions, offers a variety of arms, militaria, documents, and other items from the era of the American Revolutionary War as well as the War of 1812. Included in the sale is a historic silver-mounted tomahawk. The piece was presented as part of the “Clash of Empires: The British, French & Indian War, 1754-1763” exhibit at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This particular lot was inscribed with the name of Lieutenant John McCellan, a rifleman during the Revolutionary War. At that time, riflemen were required to carry a second weapon or tomahawk, as their rifles were not equipped with bayonets. The available item’s blade has a distinctive crescent edge and a shell design at the top.
The sale also offers a pair of silver-mounted pistols presented by George Washington to Captain James Chambers. To show his admiration for Chambers’ service during the Revolution, Washington presented the family with this gift of matching pistols. According to the notarized statement, the pistols have been a valued heirloom in the family for many years. They were made around 1775 by noted English gunsmith Thomas Ketland. This auction also features one of only three Fort Pitt horns. Engraved by the artist commonly known as the “Pointed Tree Carver,” this horn bears the British Great Seal. Below the seal, it depicts a hunter and his hounds chasing a deer and a hare. View more items and register to bid on Morphy Auctions.
Lot Categories:Collectibles (130), Decorative Art (11), Fine Art (7)
# of Lots:209
Interesting lots include:
|Item Image||Item Name||Estimate|
|Pipe Tomahawk Signed R. Butler And Inscribed To Lt. Mccellan||
|Pre-revolutionary War Moravian Flintlock Rifle Attributed To Andreas Albrecht||
|Pair Of Silver Mounted Pistols Presented By George Washington To Captain James Chambers.||
|Fort Pitt Powder Horn Attributed To Pointed Tree Carver||
|Fine Pair Of English Silver Mounted And Wire Inlaid Flintlock Officer's Pistols By Page||
- Books, Manuscripts & Archives
- Decorative Arts
- Firearms & Militaria
- Captain James Chambers
- Fort Pitt
- George Washington
- R. Butler
- Thomas Ketland
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