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    Very Rare American Ceremonial Pipe Tomahawk, Circa 1840. Nearly identical to the example pictured as Fig 2, page 220, in Hartzler and Knowle's tomahawk book, this example inscribed "Metamora Tribe No. 2/ Imp'd O. R. M./ Instituted Hunting Moon/ G. S. D. 354", obviously both pieces by the same maker. Blade 9 5/8" including pipe bowl plug, 2 7/8" wide. 18.25" overall with the original curved walnut haft, and pinned construction German silver mouthpiece pierced for smoking. The Improved Order of Red Men is America's oldest indigenous fraternal organization, tracing their roots back to the pre-Revolutionary War Sons of Liberty, and the use of Indian costumes in the Boston Tea Party. The organization was formally established in Baltimore in 1834, with their rituals and regalia modeled after those of Native Americans. The head is beautifully fabricated of cast steel, engraved with a floral/sunburst motif on the obverse, and compass rose like motif on the reverse, of the haft aperture. The reverse side of the blade is engraved with bow, arrow and quiver. The pipe bowl features a screw out plug cast/chaised in the form of a flame. The entire piece is in perfect untouched condition with dark smooth patina, the haft retaining all of the original varnish. A most attractive and very rare American pipe tomahawk.

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    December, 2009
    12th Saturday
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