Indian War Clubs of the American Frontier

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Indian War Clubs of the American Frontier by John Balwin is 8 1/2 by 12 inches, 96 pages, in a hard-cover format. This work offers a wealth of information in its 16 well-organized chapters. John is a well-known author and authority on Historic Period artifacts, and this work offers the collector an exceptional reference guide for identifying these artifacts. From its preface where John recounts the story of play battles with his brother using a rubber tomahawk, to its bibliography, it is packed full of relevant information.


John extensive use of photographs (many of which feature historic Indians actually holding various war clubs and axes) adds fascinating information. Along with the photographs are captions from which one gets an education on the age, evolution, and styles of clubs the Indians used. We also learn of the English, French and enterprising new Americans who traded with the Indians.


John also explains to us how these war clubs and axes made of stone and/or metal came to be known generally as tomahawks. Keep in mind that these artifacts were weapons and as weapons, could be quite brutal. In chapter 14, John shows us the damage inflicted by different styles of this weapon.


John Balwin is one of the premier authorities on historic artifacts, and this book shows us why. He has written extensively, and this book is just one of a series. His other contributions to the historical record include Tomahawks and Pipe Axes of the American Frontier, Early Knives and Beaded Sheaths of the American Frontier, and Bows, Arrows and Quivers of the American Frontier. This new book, as well as the aforementioned titles, will be an invaluable addition to your reference library.


You may order your copy of this fine contribution to historical knowledge from the author through American Artistry Trading Company, Drawer 299, West Olive, Michigan 49460. This book normally retails for $75.00, but if you are a Central State member, you will get this book for $69.95 post paid.