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Item #A310 / $6,000.
Plains Indian Tomahawk Pipe
This is an Authenticated Native American Tomahawk Pipe. This pipe was purchased by me at one of the large, national Auction Houses. It is a plains Indian piece from the Phase III period. From the collection and estate of Robert Owen Browne, noted archeologist and founder of the Ojai Valley Museum. This exquisite pipe tomahawk was acquired at the estate auction of a museum quality collection that was established in the early 1920's -- the estate of noted archeologist, historian and collector, Robert Owen Browne. Mr. Browne was born in 1902. After graduating from Regis College in Denver, Colorado, he moved to California in 1927 to work for Standard Oil until his retirement in 1966.
A founder of the Ojai Valley Museum, the Albinger Archeological Museum and the Archeological Society of Ventura County, Mr. Robert Owen Browne continued his education, making a name for himself in anthropology and archaeology and was chosen to study with Dr. Leakey in Kenya in 1966. In 1989, Mr. Browne was honored for distinguished contributions to California history by the Conference of California Historical Societies.
The forged iron head is mounted in the original ash haft and measures 7 and 7/8ths inches in length and 1 and 3/16ths inches in width where it meets the top of the 19 and 5/16ths inch long shaft. The bowl is 1 and 1/2 inches high. The head exhibits the finest quality workmanship. The round pipe bowl is separately affixed with visible traces of the seam, and is decorated with bands of incised lines. It is in near perfect condition with one missing tack. The deep patina is untouched and beautiful.
The haft exhibits a rich patina, just some very minor dents / scratches, and is profusely decorated with 1/4 inch brass tacks which also display an untouched patina. The top band of tacks is made up of 24 (one of these is missing) arranged in groups 3 deep. The second band of tacks is approximately 6 and 1/2 inches below the top row and is made up of 14 tacks (one of these is missing) There is a piercing in the shaft at about 1 and 1/2 inches from the bottom to allow for suspended decoration.
The bottom is the original integrally carved mouth piece that tapers to a diameter of 3/8 of an inch and is squared. The shaft itself is a rounded oval with the wider sides being in line with the iron head and blade. This is a piece with the superb provenance of having been purchased at one of the premier auction houses with specialties in Native American pieces and Antique Western Americana. The piece has also been authenticated and papered independently to establish without question the date of the piece as being within the 1860's.
An almost identical Plains Indian Pipe Tomahawk from the same time frame and with the same forged iron head and tack decoration sold for $12,000 and can be viewed at http://historical.ha.com/c/item.zx?saleNo=6023&lotNo=98082.
Native American Tomahawk Pipe (With Authentication Documents) / Item #A310 / $6,000.
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