ORIGIN OF THE DOUBLE WEEPING HEART CUTOUT. Some say that there was a great warrior born in the Oconaluftee village deep in the Smokey mountains. His mother, knowing of his future greatness, took the iron heart form her fathers axe and placed it over her own sons heart. The child grew into a fierce warrior, and no matter what struck him in his heart he was protected by the iron. I have studied Native culture and art for about 40 years and have seen the heart used on many different items, but never on a pre-contact piece.
It was in early use as piercings and tooling on trade silver and also on Iroquoian made silver. I have seen Many "Mi kmaq" crooked knives and carved boxes, sometimes in groups of four hearts making up a pinwheel. You can also find hearts in bead work used to represent flowers and background patterning.
I have never seen an early quill-work piece with the heart motif. It was likely related to the early trade silver cut out work most directly. Authentic original 1850 Sioux Indian peace pipe tomahawk. This example has a highly sought after "double heart" cutout on the blade. The iron head has a nice "in the metal" patina and shows good use and wear patterns.
There is just the slightest wiggle between the head and haft, no doubt due to the wood drying over the past 160 years. Along the haft are many hot file brand marks and a single shoulder hole. Nice old brass tacks are seen as well.
The mouthpiece is well worn and intact. This is a fine example of a Native American weapon of war and peace pipe in one. If you have a question, please ask.
Good luck and God bless the USA! The item "Authentic original 1850 Sioux Indian peace pipe tomahawk double weeping heart" is in sale since Sunday, December 17, 2017. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American\ US\1800-1934\Weapons". The seller is "rickrestored" and is located in Billings, Montana.
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