The Crow are Native Americans, who in historical times lived in the Yellowstone River valley, which extends from present-day Wyoming, through Montana and into North Dakota, where it joins the Missouri River. In the 21st century, the Crow people are a Federally recognized tribe known as the Crow Tribe of Montana, and have a reservation located in the south central part of the state. Pressured by the Ojibwe and Cree peoples (the Iron Confederacy), who had earlier and better access to guns through the fur trade, the Crow had migrated to this area from the Ohio Eastern Woodland area of present-day Ohio, settling south of Lake Winnipeg. From there, they were pushed to the west by the Cheyenne. Both the Crow and the Cheyenne were pushed farther west by the Lakota (Sioux), who took over the territory west of the Missouri River, reaching past the Black Hills of South Dakota to the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming and Montana. The Cheyenne eventually became allies of the Lakota, as they sought to expel European Americans from the area. The Crow remained bitter enemies of both the Sioux and Cheyenne. The Crow were generally friendly with the whites and managed to retain a large reservation of more than 9300 square kilometers despite territorial losses. Original Crow plains Indian pipe tomahawk. Nice forged iron head forged from an old gun barrel. These style heads are extremely rare! Rifling inside the octagonal bowl. Visible lap weld seam where a hardened still bit was inset into the head. Blacksmiths from the 18th and 19th century would use gun barrel steel to make the tomahawk head. Hand forged on an anvil, oval drift used to form the eye, hard steel bit forge welded in the blade. It doesn’t get any better than this head! Visible forge weld mark (also known as a lap weld) where the head and bit join. 28 1/2 long oval shaped ash haft is magnificent. 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. Leather gasket is seen between the eye and haft for an airtight seal. Pipe tomahawks were symbols of power and authority. Beautiful piece, a work of art. The surface of the metal shows a nice patina. 28 1/2″ long haft, 9 1/2″ long head. Originates from a Billings Montana estate. Guaranteed authentic for life. The item “Authentic Crow Indian Pipe Tomahawk Forged Gun Barrel Head Extra Long Haft 1780″ is in sale since Saturday, April 25, 2020. This item is in the category “Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American”. The seller is “fortancient” and is located in Brentwood, Tennessee. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Maker: Plains Crow
- Material: Iron
- Original/Reproduction: Original