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Pipe tomahawk

Object Number: 
1862.1
Date: 
1790-1820
Medium: 
Steel, silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 19 x 6 7/8 x 1 1/8 in. ( 17.5 x 7.3 x 2.9 cm )
Description: 
Iron tomahawk head with pipe bowl projecting from back; circular silver inlay with shield-breasted eagle incised on one side of blade, and heart-shaped silver inlay on the other.
Gallery Label: 
This pipe tomahawk once belonged to the prominent Seneca chief Red Jacket, or Sagoyewatha (ca. 1750-1830). The pipe tomahawk, a symbol of diplomacy, was reportedly given to Red Jacket by President George Washington. The donor's father, Dr. John W. Francis, purchased the pipe tomahawk directly from the Seneca chief.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dr. Samuel W. Francis
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group