The first time the term pipe tomahawk appeared in print was in 1710 when it was used to describe belt axes carried by four Iroquois Chiefs visiting Queen Anne in London.
Both Indians and white men used pipe tomahawks. Indians, used tomahawks as a weapon until the end of the Indian Wars. Even after that, it remained important to the Indians as it had great symbolic and spiritual significance to them.
Pipe tomahawks were produced in a variety of shapes and sizes. Most were plain but some were inlaid and engraved in a manner rivaling the best custom-made rifles of the day.
This pipe tomahawk is mostly done by hand, with a file.
It is authentic and is copied from a photo in one of the three major works on pipe tomahawks published in the last fifty years. The manner of attaching the head to the handle is from the late period (e.g. the head is upon from the front of the handle. This is done because the hatchet has a straight eye as opposed to a tapered eye.