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Hair Pipe Bead Choker
Bone Hair Pipe Bead Choker
- $25 plus s/h
Paula says - "We are not sure if this hair pipe choker is Native American made so we are putting it in the Bargain Barn as unknown origin."
Hair pipes are long hollow beads usually, but not always, having tapered ends. The term "hair pipe" was likely coined by early white traders who saw indians wearing the long beads as hair ornaments.
Hair pipes are thought to have been originally made of conch shell by southeastern Indians (Chickasaw, Creeks, and Cherokee).Some of the oldest shell hair pipes, discovered in Tennessee, are estimated to be from 4,000 years ago.
Hair pipes of bone appeared around the late 1800s when white traders brought corn cob pipes to the Ponca Indians of the midwest - the Poncas found that the bone pipe stems made excellent hair pipes. Later, hair pipes were made of glass, brass, silver, horn and other materials.
Our Bargain Barn
is a mixed bag of new and used items. They might come from
inheritances, estate sales, private collections, and store liquidations. We'll
give you as much information as we can, but often the materials, date and origin
For vintage items visit our Vintage Shop.
For new items visit our New Jewelry Store.
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|A dark or colored film of oxidation that forms naturally on metal by exposure to air and other elements. It is often valued for its aesthetically pleasing appearance. All items in our Shop have some patina, even NOS.|
|30 years or older.|
|New Old Stock. Made at least 20 years ago but never used.|
|An item that has been used.|