Early Rare Crow Indian Pipe Tomahawk Forged Spontoon Head Cross Lorraine Cutout
August 12, 2019
Native American Indians were a deeply spiritual people and they communicated their history, thoughts, ideas and dreams from generation to generation through Symbols and Signs such as the Cross symbol. The origin of the Cross symbol derives from the ancient Mississippian culture of the Mound Builders of North America. The cross that is cutout in the blade resembles a Cross of Lorraine which is a style of trade silver from the 1700’s. Ornaments of sheet silver were made specifically for use in the fur trade by silversmiths in Canada, England, and the United States. These silver ornaments, although of Eur-american manufacture, have always been regarded by anthropologists as an integral part of North American Indian culture, reflecting many aspects of Indian-white relations in the latter 18th and early 19th centuries. 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, most likely was a rasp file re-purposed and reforged. Walnut wood haft is original to the head. 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. The head is slightly loose, the result of the wood drying and shrinking over the course of 170 years. 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 22″ long and the head is measuring about 12″ long. Please ask any questions you may have. Thank you so much for looking! The item “Early Rare Crow Indian Pipe Tomahawk Forged Spontoon Head Cross Lorraine Cutout” is in sale since Sunday, August 11, 2019. This item is in the category “Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American”. The seller is “mejsoldit” and is located in Jonesborough, Tennessee. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Maker: Crow Indian
- Material: Iron
- Original/Reproduction: Original