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3-Strand "Bone Hair Pipe" Choker
|All of our
chokers are made with real bone "Hair Pipe," the ones we currently stock are made
with Camel Bone. We stain the "Hair Pipe" with tea to give them a rich antique
look. At both ends of each "Hair Pipe" are deep, rich, red, antique, translucent
glass "White Heart" beads.
What is a "Hair Pipe"?
"Hair Pipe" is a term referring
to a long slim bead that were / are generally available in lengths from 1-1/2
inches to 4 inches and were traded with Native Americans primarily from the
Great Plaines. In 1878 a white trader had provided the Ponca Indians with large
quantities of corn cob pipes, when he inquired as to why they wanted so many
pipes, an Indian by the name of White Eagle showed the trader a necklace that
was made with just the pipe stems and asked if they could be ordered bulk
without the corn cob. The trader contacted his supplier about producing the
tubular bone beads and within a year he had enough "Hair Pipe" of different
lengths to sell to the Poncas as well as other Native American tribes.
What is a "white heart" bead?
The name "White Heart"
bead can be confusing since the beads are neither white nor are they heart
shaped. The name comes from the opaque white centers of these glass beads which
adds a unique glow to the translucent glass surrounding them. We use "Red White
Hearts," however, they are also made in other colors but the red ones were and
still are more prominent. The Mountain Men traded literally tons of this style
bead to the Indians.
Each section of "Hair Hipe" and beads are
separated with a heavy leather spacer then the bone "Hair Pipe" and beads terminate
into a soft buckskin pad at each end with long, strong, buckskin ties, long
enough to fit any neck size.
When you add your choice of Scrimshaw
Pendants (Fox Arrow pictured
you will have an AWESOME looking choker. The Fox is one of our Wood Badge designs.
The color of the Bone Hair Pipe will vary a little from
one to another, so the choker you receive may be a little lighter
or darker than the one shown.
NOTE: The choker in the photo above is not shown at it's actual size.
The overall length of our chokers are roughly 11-1/2" to 12",
(not including the ties) they will go about half way around
the average persons neck.
order your 3 strand choker",
Go to the page that has the design you
want, then below the photos
you will find a price list with the different
Mountings that are available,
click on the PayPal "Add To Cart" button next to the "3 strand
then continue shopping or click on "View my Cart" and check out,
simple as that and with PayPal it's safe.
Also, In the price list, a 3-Strand Hair Pipe Choker
is identified with "CH3" after the order number.