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Mon, Sep 25, 2023 02:00AM EDT - Fri, Sep 29, 2023 03:00PM EDT
Lot 240

Rare Triple Batwing Forged Pipe Tomahawk Head

Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000

Bid Increments

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$50 $10
$100 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$35,000 $2,500
The lot features a rare, older forged triple batwing cutout pipe tomahawk attributed to the Lakota Sioux Indians of the Northern Plains. The piece features a hand-forged iron head and has three rare cut outs in the blade, which are referred to by collectors as “triple batwing” cut outs. The head shows a wide large Western blade with flat unsharpened blunt bottom edge and rear facing small spur. Just above this are prominent forged moldings with four punch dot engravings on each side leading to the diamond shaped eye / eyelet hole with filed chevrons, fancy beveled or ridged pipe neck and tall slender vase like shape with two prominent moldings. Both sides of the blade shows punch dot engraving in a triangle pattern. Below this are three round cut outs and three batwing stylized cut outs. The head is paired with a later added diamond shaped haft handle with hot file branded burnings and decorated with later brass covered round metal tacks with round metal shanks. The ash wood handle has a dark stained coloring. The bottom of the haft has an old 19th century beaded Lakota Sioux drop showing Indian tanned Buffalo / Bison hide with long frilly twisted fringes having a yellow ocher coloring and the front is covered in sinew sewn classic geometric Sioux beadwork. The beadwork is all glass trade seed beads of the period in colors of chalk white, greasy yellow, red, cobalt, greasy green. The head appears to be of an early older age with some cleaning and alterations from previous owners, including the added haft, later tacks and then beautifully paired with an old 19th Century beaded drop. From the ex-collections of Ted Levy and Terry Haas. Head measures 11 ¼ inches long. Drop hangs 28”L off the handle. The tomahawk measures 26”L overall.