Lot 150: Comanche Polychrome Painted War Club c. 1850-1890
January 14, 2017
Bozeman, MT, USALive Auction
Description: This is an exceptional authentic massive mid to late 19th century war club from the Comanche Southern Plains Native American Indians. The piece shows a wonderful rare style with very few authentic examples being seen in private collections. The war club shows a large size with long mesquite wood haft and was most likely intended for use on horse back and would have been a devastating weapon. The piece shows a stone war club head with Buffalo Indian tanned hide wrapping having excelent polychrome mineral painted designs. The haft shows a polychrome painted rawhide wrapping with 102 early brass covered iron trade tacks. The club shows a kill trophy along the end of the haft showing a human molar tooth inlaid. The end also shows a wrist strap made of Indian tanned hide with a braided quirt like end and the original tag recovered with the piece that reads, "Comanche War Club Fort Sill Ok. (Oklahoma) Terr. (Territory)." Exceptionally rare piece shows museum quality condition and is truly one of the finest Comanche war clubs made available for sale. Provenance: From a large private museum Michigan Native American Artifact Collection, the same collection as the various Wolf Scout pieces. Measures overall 27.5"L with additional 4" fringe along the top and a 12" wrist strap at the end. The head is 5"x3".