Antique Bone Hairpipe, 4-1/2"
(Price Shown Per Each; 25 & 100 Pricing Also Available)
Product No. 9002-450-200
Originally produced by Native Americans from the columns of marine
Conch shells, early forms of elongated beads have long been in use in
North America. They were gradually replaced by glass, brass and silver
until Eastern wampum manufacturers began producing shell hairpipe
from the West Indian conch sometime in the late 1700s. Carried by the
Lewis & Clark Expedition, the Northwest Company and Auguste Chouteau
as trade goods, both bone and shell hairpipe are mentioned in American
Fur Company records from the 1840s. Beginning around 1880 they began
to be produced commercially and have been available ever since. Our hairpipes are produced to our specifications from genuine bone in
traditional barrel shape and are uniform in both size and quality.