Original old forged iron trade pipe axe tomahawk. The head is beautifully forged and has nice cutouts. The Arapaho are a tribe of Native Americans historically living on the plains of Colorado and Wyoming. They were close allies of the Cheyenne tribe. Many Plains pipe tomahawks were made with small piercings, some being holes or weeping hearts.
These tomahawks were especially made for high ranking chiefs, war chiefs and particularly notable leaders. Very few are in collections but those that are tend to be very fancy in decoration. Most have file branding, tacks, and specially made hafting. These tomahawks were carried as status symbols, rarely used in battle but carried as a recognition of power and importance. The ash wood haft is original to the head.
The wood has a nice heavy and dark patina. The handle has been well used and has good wear on it.There are many "hot file" marks along the haft. A good patina on the surface of the head. This tomahawk needs to be displayed and cherished for future generations to see and appreciate! 24" haft 12.5" head length. No reasonable offer will be refused.
The item "Antique Arapaho Indian Pipe Axe Tomahawk Star Moon Cross Cutouts Colorado Estate" is in sale since Thursday, March 21, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American". The seller is "furtradebeads" and is located in Jonesborough, Tennessee. This item can be shipped worldwide.