Traditional Barrel Shape Bone Hairpipes
Made exclusively for Crazy Crow Trading Post
Crazy Crow's "Old Style Bone Hairpipes" are produced to our specifications from genuine bone in traditional barrel shapes and are uniform in both size and quality. This hairpipe has a thicker middle and a nice tapered shape more reminiscent of older historical pieces.
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.