Original old forged iron trade pipe axe tomahawk. The head is beautifully forged and has an extremely rare triple bat wing cutout. Many Plains pipe tomahawks were made with small piercings, some being holes or weeping hearts. These pipe tomahawks were numerous and easy to come by.
This particular style is known as the bat-wing for the shape of one the piercings that resemble the shape of a bat. These tomahawks were more obscure and 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. Most batwing tomahawks in collections today have two piercings, one that resembles the shape of a fly and the other a bat.
More rare than the double batwing tomahawks, are the triple pierced examples that typically have the third piercing in the form of a heart. 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.
Three scalloped shoulders of the haft, one containing a hole for attaching a beaded drop or beads or horsehair. A good patina on the surface of the head. The blade is a hawk bill style. This tomahawk needs to be displayed and cherished for future generations to see and appreciate!24" haft 12" head length. No reasonable offer will be refused. The item "Antique Lakota Sioux Indian Pipe Axe Tomahawk Triple Bat Wing Cutout Wyoming" is in sale since Sunday, April 7, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American". The seller is "furtradebeads" and is located in Jonesborough, Tennessee.
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