Origin: Scioto Country, Ohio – Woodland culture
Date: Likely prehistoric
Media: Slate stone
Dimensions: 4- 1/8″ long, 2 – 1/8″ tall, 2 – 1/8″ wide
Description: This pipe is very dense and hard, feeling almost like hematite. The front has a beaked bird’s head coming out of the body or bowl of the pipe with the bowl looking like the breast of a bird. There are three indents, one on each side and one on the bottom. These indents fit the finger well. I assume, from the heavy weight of the pipe as well as the presence of these indents, that this pipe was smoked with a short stem. The wear and patina to the surface is beautiful with imperfections expected with a hand carved stone like this.
Provenance: Ex. August T. Wehrle #4097W, then to the Thorne collection then to Rick Nilsson.