At the time of their first contact with the Europeans, the Cheyenne were living in the area of what is now Minnesota. At times they have been allied with the Lakota and Arapaho, and at other points enemies of the Lakota. In the early 18th century they migrated west across the Mississippi River and into North and South Dakota, where they adopted the horse culture. Having settled the Black Hills of South Dakota and the Powder River Country of present-day Montana, they introduced the horse culture to Lakota bands about 1730. Allied with the Arapaho, the Cheyenne pushed the Kiowa to the Southern Plains.
In turn, they were pushed west by the more numerous Lakota. The Cheyenne Nation was at one time composed of ten bands that spread across the Great Plains from southern Colorado to the Black Hills in South Dakota. They fought their traditional enemies, the Crow and later (185679) the United States Army forces.
In the mid-19th century, the bands began to split, with some bands choosing to remain near the Black Hills, while others chose to remain near the Platte Rivers of central Colorado. Original Cheyenne Sioux plains Indian pipe tomahawk. Large forged iron head forged from an old gun barrel. These style heads are extremely rare! Blacksmiths from the 18th and 19th century would use gun barrel steel to make the tomahawk head.
Hand forged on an anvil, oval drift used to form the eye, hard steel bit forge welded in the blade. It doesn't get any better than this head! Visible forge weld mark (also known as a lap weld) where the head and bit join. Oval shaped ash haft is magnificent. Hot file brandings and old square shank brass tacks.
Haft is solid and strong. Haft to head fit is good, there a very very small amount of movement in the head, very small. Most likely caused by the wood drying over the years and shrinking slightly. Pipe tomahawks were symbols of power and authority. Beautiful piece, a work of art.
The surface of the metal shows a nice patina. 19" long haft, 10" long head, 28 long drop. Originates from a Billings Montana estate. Please send me a reasonable offer, lets negotiate.Please ask any and all questions before you make an offer. The item "Authentic Cheyenne Indian Pipe Tomahawk Forged Gun Barrel Head Beaded Drop 1840" is in sale since Sunday, November 12, 2017. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American". The seller is "fortancient" and is located in Billings, Montana. This item can be shipped worldwide.