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Pipe-Tomahawk with quilled pendant

SKU: 4030.13.01
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Reproduction spontoon-bladed pipe-tomahawk was purchased from a prominent American Plains artist John Burton at Kicking Wolf Gallery. Coordinates with NAM-4071. Late 19th c. Central Plains style replica pendant has been handcrafted and quilled by a prominent German Plains artist Norbert Kohlruss at Travels Far Trading.

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The blade, or head, on the above example was purchased from the first owner in it's present condition and is of unknown age and origin. It is said that it was originally a pipe spontoon, but the pipe bowl was broken off at some point prior to coming into his and my possession.

The handle is hand-carved from very highly figured curly maple, and stained with aqua fortis, a nitric acid based stain used by gunsmiths since the 1700s. The head is 9 inches long, and the handle is 21 inches. A very elegant piece.

The triangular shaped pendant of braintan leather is quilled in white stepped triangles with blue borders against the red background and edge-beaded with light blue pound (pony) beads. Long plain hide fringe, five brass hawk bells, and blue padre beads finish the ornament. The hide is backed with red calico.

Made by: James Burton (Kicking Wolf Gallery)

Manufacture year: 2013

Tribal style: Osage, Southern Cheyenne

Materials: Porqupine quills *, Pound (pony) beads *

Handle length: 54 cm

Blade length: 24 cm

Pendant: Length

Width: 8 cm

Metacollcection: Plains

Collection: Central Plains

Insignia type: Tomahawk

The spontoon tomahawk gets its name from the French sponton, a lance used in the 17th and 18th centuries. The smaller blades on either side of the main blade give the weapon the look of a military fork, or trident. These unique tomahawks are based on this design.

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