NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN OKLAHOMA CHEROKEE hand made, painted, and carved corn cob look pipe bowl with a native river cane stem. This is a very interesting and rare pipe. This is the only one I have ever seen and been able to handle. I have seen photographs through the years of Cherokees holding such pipes, but was never sure exactly how they were made. The front of the bowl has a name written in black: "J.C. Little" , and while there are several individuals named "Little" on the Cherokee rolls I cannot be sure they are the same family.
CONDITION: Pipe has been heavily used and the bottom of the bowl has burned through and been patched at one point. The steam bent and shaped cane stem shows beautifully mellowed age and matches the amount of use on the bowl. I believe this stem is original to the bowl. The cane stem shows several cracks at the connection end. The mouth piece end shows similar use but no cracks. The bowl is black in the interior from use and the stem shows remains of smoke.
CIRCA: Early 1900's, best guess is around the teens, so possibly an antique at this point.
SIZE: Bowl: 5 1/2" Tall by 1 1/2" Diameter (Bowl has a tapering to the bottom) Stem: 20" Length, Overall, 1/4" Width, Overall Diameter 1 1/4"
SPECIAL NOTE: The pipe was collected from a North eastern Oklahoma Cherokee family, their family name was not Little. They said the pipe had been in their family for as long as they could remember. This type of pipe has often been referred to as a "hillbilly" pipe. The Cherokee tribal head quarters are located in North East Oklahoma very close to the Arkansas border. I am concluding that many Cherokees were labeled as hillbillies in this part of Oklahoma.
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