Available for public purchase is this historic and important Nez Perce Native American Indian spontoon pipe tomahawk war club with beaded drop from the 19th Century. The tomahawk carries fantastic provenance including being from the personal estate of the Nez Perce Cowapoo family along with previously being on loan at the Tamastslikt Museum and published in the Trade Axe and Tomahawk Collectors Association. James Kash Kash (1862-1955). The piece is from a prominent Nez James Kash Kash, who was born to Parkarlapykt and Sallie in 1862 and later worked as an interpreter on the Umatilla Indian Agency and was one of the first native preachers ordained among the Nez Perce. James married Julia Williams (sister of Julius Williams of the Cayuse Indians) (1867-1958) and had a child, Samuel Kash Kash (1902-1980). He later passed away in April 1955. Included in the lot are various digital copies of photographs of James Kash Kash in the 19th and 20th Century’s. The tomahawk shows a Revolutionary War Colonial American style spontoon blade pipe tomahawk head. The pipe shows a hardwood haft with 116 solid brass square shank period correct tacks of the correct 19th Century age in a typical geometric design. The haft handle, which also serves as the smoking pipe, shows a poured pewter silver artful smoking tip and poured pewter silver end cap. The incredible blacksmith created pipe tomahawk axe head shows some of the finest craftsmanship and detail of any war club we have offered for sale. The piece is highlighted by a thin elongated smoking pipe with distinct top lip, curved body and two-inch-deep bowl. The bowl delicately is crafted into the tomahawk eyelet opening with diamond tiered foot which flows into the tomahawk head and is accented by two boldly defined rails. The tomahawk blade shows two curled or curved basal processes bleeders having sharp ends which prominently ends in the spontoon long axe blade. The blade shows a medium raised edge which runs down the entire cutting surface, an attribute found on many authentic spontoon and dag knife examples. The blade has a precisely cutout weeping heart at the center of the surface which has been artfully filled with poured pewter silver. Provenance: From the estate of Nez Perce Indian Bessie Cawapoo, daughter of Sustine (born 1874) & Luke Cawapoo (born 1888) of Umatilla County Oregon (the same estate as the historic Nez Perce Pipe Tomahawk c.1860-1870 from Luke Cawapoo and the Spontoon Blade Tomahawk from Cayuse Indian Julius Williams). The piece was purchased directly from the Nez Perce Cawapoo family by the current owner, a historical Native American artifacts and weapons museum collection in Paris, France. The James Kash Kash tomahawk has been on loan to the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute: Tribal Museum for many years and has been published on the Trade Axe and Tomahawk Collectors Association publication on page eight figure (picture) one (the photograph shows the tomahawk, second from the left, along with the Cayuse Julius Williams Tomahawk first to the left). ¬¬¬¬¬¬The tomahawk is accompanied with the original fully beaded drop which is affixed to the haft by a fitted wrap. The drop shows an Indian tanned hide construction with long elaborate hand cut fringe and is completely covered in period correct 19th Century glass trade seed beads. The beadwork shows a traditional geometric pictorial pattern design with a semi-transparent green background having three three tier cross like patterns in greasy yellow, red white heart and medium green which are accented by six horse tracks done in red white heart beads. The handle wrap shows three consecutive medium green and red white heart crosses which are atop a semi-transparent green background and show three triangular fancy accents along the bottom each in semi-transparent green and greasy yellow. The top of the handle is fancy beaded in medium green. The tomahawk drop is sinew sewn and shows the correct manufacture and patina for being an authentic 19th century example. The piece was purchased for over $7,500 by the current French Collector from the Cawapoo family. The other two tomahawks from the Cowapoo family were both sold at a North American Auction company sale including the Cayuse Julius Williams tomahawk which sold for $5,166 at the 4/1/2017 sale and the Nez Perce Cawapoo Tomahawk which sold for $4,000 at the 3/26/2016 sale.
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