The Adena and Hopewell were the earliest historic Eastern Woodland inhabitants. 800, they lived in the Ohio and Mississippi river valleys. Later peoples of the Eastern Woodlands included the Illinois, Iroquois, Shawnee and a number of Algonkian-speaking peoples such as the Narragansett and Pequot. Southeastern peoples included the Cherokee, Chocktaw, Chickasaw, Creek, Natchez and Seminole. The danger of a tomahawk clean, elegant form with its terrible razor-sharp edge allures collectors to these weapons.
The word tomahawk is derived from tamahak, an Algonquin word referring to any cutting utensil. When Jamestown, the first European colony, was founded in 1607, Captain John Smith referenced the tomahawk to mean native hatchets or war club the term we all understand today.
Although tomahawks are known as weapons, they were also used as tools and carried for prestige. Original forged spontoon head with a beautiful inlaid brass heart and spots above. Large round quillons flank the blade. These style heads are extremely rare!
Diamond shaped style eye in the head. The bowl is applied to the head, 2 piece construction. Old ash haft is magnificent. Hot file brandings and old square shanked 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. 24" long haft, 10" long head. Originates from a Billings Montana estate. Please ask any and all questions before you make an offer.
The item "Mid-18th century spontoon blade pipe tomahawk from the Eastern Woodlands Indians" is in sale since Sunday, October 28, 2018. 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.