The pipe tomahawk is in excellent condition with no repairs or damage. Spontoon style head patterned after the pike heads of the Spanish Conquistadors and explorers. Nice head forged from an old gun barrel, the rifling in still seen inside the bowl. A clear defined lap weld is seen, a harder steel bit was inset into the head. This is a reliable indicator of age and authenticity.
Ash haft is original to the head. Very desirable saw-tooth carved haft. The brass tacks are original old square shank tacks. All along the haft are many ceremonial file branding marks made by placing a file or rasp in the fire until it was bright red and then burning the file into the haft. This was done for aesthetic "looks" and ceremonial purposes.
There is a drilled hole for attaching drops or beads. Slight bend in the haft is a result of over 170 years of drying. VERY NICE patina all over, really shows its age! The unusual style head is very desirable. Conservatively dated to 1840 but may be earlier.The haft of the tomahawk is measuring 17 3/4" long and the head is measuring about 9 3/4" long. Please ask any questions you may have. Thank you so much for looking! The item "Antique Plains Indian Pipe Tomahawk Forged Head From Gun Barrel Ash Haft 1840" is in sale since Saturday, March 9, 2019.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American". The seller is "mejsoldit" and is located in Brentwood, Tennessee.
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