Old Antique Rare Plains Indian Lance 19th C.
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Old Antique Rare Plains Indian Lance 19th C. Picture(s) and Description:
The Plains Indian Lance was one of the most highly treasured items belonging to Plains warriors and was used with great effectiveness as an offensive and defensive weapon on horseback and on foot. Very few have survived making them among the rarest of Native American artifacts. This example dates to the mid-19th century and is made even more rare by the presence of the feather, ribbon and horsehair drops. The ash wood shows extreme patination and very heavy polish from hand wear. The wood also has the lightness from air drying that is expected for 150 year old unfinished wood. The brain tanned hand grip was sinew sewn and also has the wear and surface polish that only years of carrying can produce. Because of those important indications it can be determined that this is an authentic early lance. The blade was made from a trade knife blade and is well preserved with no rust or serious pitting but carrying enough carbon patina to attest to it's age. It was leaded into place and the lead can be seen in the closeup of the rear of the blade. The lance is approx 71 inches long and the blade is approx. 7". Something to consider. You see about 50 authentic pipe tomahawks (and those are few and far between on eBay) to every authentic lance that appears on the auction block. I suspect because of their length they were more easily broken or perhaps more treasured and not pawned or sold. Please see my other auctions for more great early Americana.