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My mother purchased this Penobscot root club at an estate sale more than 50 years ago in Pennsylvania and it has been in our family ever since. I identified it using internet research data and images. Please note that I am not an expert. I do not know the artisan of this item. While there are a few tiny white marking at the root end, there appears to be no paint on this club. The club is worn with age with a few surface scratches and a crack along the war face that may have been original in the wood. I have tried to show most of these in the photos.
This is an elegantly carved piece with traditional chip carvings and a lovely patina. The chip carvings have a flower at the end of each line. The lower end of the club has a typical knob base (for grasping) with leather wrapped around it. Midway along the handle is a part of the root that has been craved into an animal head with ears. Above and below the animal head are two carved flowers and one carved X with tiny small marks around the X. At the top of the club is what looks like a war face with a headdress and necklace.
At the longest point this root club is approximately 24" long and at the widest point, approximately 7" across on the root end. The handle at the end is approximately 1 ¼ " in diameter.
The Penobscot people have a long and distinguished history in the areas of Northeastern United States and Canada. For more information, a good place to start is Wikipedia.