From the William Fagan Ltd. Collection

18th century. Forged iron head with spear point pierced with a cross. Scalloped edge flattened bolster. The point and bolster decorated with a series of “eye brow” punches, single to one side and doubled to the reverse. Cross-form with integrally forges recurved cross piece with one arm terminating in a turkey head with pronounced “snood”. Tooth-like projections top and bottom, evidently representing ruffled neck feathers and beard. The opposite arm pierced with a slot and with stepped point probably a turkey tail folded (undisplayed). 73 ½” overall on old working life wood haft. Wonderful Mission Period character. Possibly California and consistent in character and aging with the mission artifacts at the California Hall, Los Angeles County Museum. The American wild turkey is a sub species of the Mexican wild turkey and would have been a familiar sight in the Spanish mission territories. This weapon evidently was a processional cross embodying the symbol and function of the iron weapons with which the Spanish subjugated the natives. It would have served well as a weapon in a sometimes hostile environment. Ex: a collection of Frank E. Barnyak Mission Hills California.
Stock Number: FNS9058


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