Original old forged iron trade pipe axe tomahawk. The head is beautifully forged and has an extremely rare large bat wing cutout. Many Plains pipe tomahawks were made with small piercings, some being holes or weeping hearts. These pipe tomahawks were numerous and easy to come by. This particular style is known as the bat-wing for the shape of one the piercings that resemble the shape of a bat. These tomahawks were more obscure and especially made for high ranking chiefs, war chiefs and particularly notable leaders. Very few are in collections but those that are tend to be very fancy in decoration. Most have file branding, tacks, and specially made hafting. These tomahawks were carried as status symbols, rarely used in battle but carried as a recognition of power and importance. Most batwing tomahawks in collections today have two piercings, one that resembles the shape of a fly and the other a bat. More rare than the double batwing tomahawks, are the large cutouts with several shapes combined. The ash wood haft is original to the head. The wood has a nice heavy and dark patina. The handle has been well used and has good wear on it. There are many “hot file” marks along the haft. One shoulder on the haft, containing a hole for attaching a beaded drop or beads or horsehair. A good patina on the surface of the head. The blade is a large classic style with small French hook. This tomahawk needs to be displayed and cherished for future generations to see and appreciate! 24″ haft 12″ head length. No reasonable offer will be refused. The item “Antique Lakota Sioux Indian Pipe Axe Tomahawk Large Bat Wing Cutout Wyoming” is in sale since Monday, May 27, 2019. This item is in the category “Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American”. The seller is “furtradebeads” and is located in Jonesborough, Tennessee. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Color: Brown
- Material: Iron
- Original/Reproduction: Original