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Pipe tomahawks are probably the most coveted of the trade tomahawks and usually the most expensive.    The same was true during the fur trade era however many of these were presented as presents to the chiefs of tribes to encourage their loyality, some with elaborate and expensive inlays and craftsmenship.  They were multipurpose 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 & 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 doing it.   Some were made not to be used as weapons but as a smoking item reminesisant of days gone by.

Parts of a Pipe Tomahawk
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This 22 " long pipe tomahawk dates from 1800-1825 from the Northeast and has bands of pewter inlay and a single copper band along its length.  From the Warnich Collection--Splendid Heritage.  http://www.splendidheritage.com

Splendid Heritage- Warnock Collection
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Hand Forged pipe tomahawk with engraved image of an Indian man on the face of the blade.  Handle has brass tacks and brass wire wrapped around it.
 

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Warnock Collection -Splendid Heritage

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with permnission Warnock Collection -Splendid Heritage

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1850's Northern Plains pipe tomahawk
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24" overall long, file branded, brass tacked

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This NE pipe tomahawk has the raised pedistal supporting the bowl.  It has intricate quilled decoration around the haft.  The blade has the date 1759 on it.  Splendid Heritage--Warnock Collection with permission.  http://www.splendidheritage.com

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from Warnock Collection- Splendid Heritage

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View #2

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19th C. Shoshone, classic western form.
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Image courtesy of National Museum of American Indian

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The spontoon pipe tomahawk design with the curled tangs on the side has been said to have originated with the French whom designed it to resemble their Fleur-dis-lis symbol and encourage/advertise allegance with the French. (see Southwest Museum Leaflet No. 30, 1963 Trade Tomahawks by Cyril B. Courville, pg 8)  This one is 18th C.

Late 18th-early 19thC. Spontoon Pipe Tomahawk
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courtesy of Museum of the American West

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Images with courtesy of the McCord Museum of Canadian History in Montreal, Quebec.  I have seen another example of this tomahawk with the same half moon, stars, bird and initials "B E" marking highly polished and also another one in Indian Tomahawks & Frontiersmen Belt Axes by Hartzler & Knowles, pg 131.   These have been found in the Great Lakes area-- in particular an example without nichel plating was recently dug up by Kevin Hughey in St. Ignace, Mi. area.  Another example of this PT with the tulip shapped bowl was presented to the Shawnee Chief Tecumseh from British Commander Col. Henry Proctor in 1812 for his alliance in that war.

Late 19thC. Pipe Tomahawk 23.3 x 4.5 x 59.5 cm
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http://www.mccord-museum.qc.ca/en/

Closeup of view #2 of blade
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Here is another one that someone recently discovered between the walls of the colonial Ontario home during renovation.  Late 18th to Early 19th C.

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Images courtesy of the McCord Museum of Canadian History of Montreal, Quebec.

1780-1850 pipe tomahawk
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6.2cm x 4.2cm x 18.6 cm

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Image courtesy of the McCord Museum of Canadian History of Montreal, Quebec.

circa 1830-1870 pipe tomahawk from McCord Museum
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note steeled edge

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Image courtesy of the McCord Museum of Canadian History in Montreal, Quebec.

1750-1850 pipe tomahawk McCord Museum
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6.6cm x 4.1cm x 20.8 cm, steeled edge

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Images courtesy of the McCord Museum of Canadian History in Montreal, Quebec.

1875-1885 pipe tomahawk
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15.2cm x 73.8 cm

View #2
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notice tin cones not crimped as in repros

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Image courtesy of the McCord Museum of Canadian History in Montreal, Quebec.

Circa 1780-1830, pipe tomahawk
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7.9cm x 3cm x 22.2 cm

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A rare documented spontoon tomahawk that once belonged Gul-Pah-Go, or as the whites called him Lone Wolf, a Kiowa chief who lived from 1820-1879, was displayed by Bloomingburg, N.Y., dealer David Kleiner. Grizzly claw hangs off the handle.  Below is a powder horn decorated with the name Noah Peck and dated 1766.

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This pipe tomahawk displayed in the Indiana State Museum is attributed to the gunsmith Squire Boone (brother of Daniel Boone).  It is rather plain without decoration or name axcept for a rope-like decoration around the bowl.  It measures 7" x 16.25" overall.  Circa 1780-1800.

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View #2
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This pipe tomahawk with a bowie knife inlay is distinctive of the gunsmith & blacksmith John Small who made tomahawks in Vincennes, Indiana 1790-1820.  Diamond shaped silver inlays on handle.

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View #2
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View #3 Silver moon/ sun inlay
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TECUMSEH'S 1812 TOMAHAWK
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PHOTO COURTESY OF NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN

 
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 Daniel Boone
1734-1820
 
 
 
 
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