A Rare British Presentation Peace Pipe Tomahawk c.1830-1850Around $2500
A Rare British Presentation Peace Pipe Tomahawk c.1830-1850 - The end piece of the peace pipe tomahawk incorporating the axehead (blade and corresponding bowl) are fabricated from iron and is magnetic. The blade measures 9.9 mm thick at its widest point near the haft (shaft) and 3 mm thick where it terminates into the bit, with a voided area on the blade itself in the shape of heart. It is stamped on the top of the blade "AND" with an area in front of the lettering scratched out (likely the latter half of the manufacturing stamp "ENGLAND"). The opposite end displays the bowl with a fashioned wide neck, the junction between the bowl and the blade featuring raised chevrons with four horizontal rules on either side butting the bowl and a raised molding on either side butting the blade. The eye is diamond-shaped, holding the haft firmly in place and is missing its clean-out plug. The haft is fabricated from treated Osage Orange tree wood (AKA Maclura Pomifera), incorporating nine brass bands which were likely placed upon the haft by the recipient and not issued this way. The mouthpiece is also brass and is missing its stem. It measures 145 mm x 295 mm x 25 mm thick, exhibiting crazing and pitting in the brass bands, along with contact marks overall from active use, fine. Provenance: This fine peace pipe tomahawk was acquired from a prominent Canadian collection, the name of which will be disclosed to the buyer. Footnote: Pipe tomahawks came into being during the early years of the fur trade. They were designed and made in Europe, combining the emblems of peace (pipe) and war (tomahawk). Many of these were presented as presents to Native leaders of tribes to encourage their loyalty, some with elaborate and expensive inlays and craftsmanship, and were carried as badges of social standing. They were multi-purpose tools in the sense they could be used in war and for smoking rather than carrying both items separately. But they were also very symbolic in that they could be used both for war and for peace. Many were made in Sheffield, England and in North America. Although any wood could be used, they often used Osage Orange for it's resistance to decay, or Ash because the saplings pithy core could be easily bored with a red hot poker or sometimes curly Maple with inlays, if a Kentucky Rifle maker was fashioning it. Some were made not to be used as weapons but as a smoking item reminiscent of days gone by.