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Fractured Base Flint Ridge Dovetail - #1-1

Size: 2 1/8" L x 1 1/16" W.

Provenance: Butler County, Ohio. X: Beckman.

Condition: Perfect. No flaws to knock down the grade. This is the classic grade/color Flint Ridge used by the dovetail makers. I would call it perfectly patinated, and this look is one you should study. This piece was never big. It was made small. To get to the really juicy stuff, this is the rare subtype "Fractured Base" dovetail. Base has the classic Decatur style fracture that is completely ground smooth. This feature is on maybe 5% of dovetails, and known as true rarity. The existence of the type may point to a relationship between Decatur and Dovetail makers of the Early Archaic.



Unfluted Cumberland - #1-2

Size: 3 3/4" long x 1 1/8" wide.

Provenance: Unknown. Was in the Wallace Dibble collection 1960-1975. I do think the 5.00 price mark looks like Walter Nelson's price mark, even though it is usually in red.

Condition: Excellent. Even though we don't know find location, the material is a giant clue. This is Fort Payne, and places the find in the heart zone for Cumberland. Unfluted examples are much rarer than fluted examples. Don't worry, I do understand fluted examples are much pricier. I absolutely love the balance of this piece with big flaking



Curved Paleo Blade- #1-3

Size: 3 5/8" L x 1 5/8" wide

Provenance: Washington County, Ohio.

Condition: Killer. One completely inconsequential side nick. You probably won't even notice it in the pics. Still a grade 10. I want to call the material Sonora in my gut, but my head says it is an extremely high grade waxy Mercer. Backside is curved and almost completely unifaced. Top side has incredible flaking that points direclty to North America's earliest people.



Decatur - #1-4

Size: 2 3/16" long x 1 7/16" wide.

Provenance: Darke County, Ohio. X: Wheeler.

Condition: Super. Fantastic material that must be Flint Ridge in a rare color scheme. Fractured base with classic double burin flake technique with grinding. Obviously, a highly collectible type.

Price: $250


Chalmer Lynch Flint Chisel - #1-5

Size: 4 1/4" long x 1 5/8" wide.

Provenance: Darke County, Ohio. X: Dave Root #162F. Jim Beckman purchased from Root in 1993. Pictured in Lar Hothem's Flint Ridge Artifacts (2004) Page 185.

Condition: Killer. This is incredible material that I have rarely seen. Maybe a few other pieces, but no more than a handful. Very well made, thin, and large for type. Published in a great book on the subject.



Hopewell - #1-6

Size: 5 1/8" L x 1 7/8" T.

Provenance: Listed as Kentucky. Bob Converse collection and label.

Condition: Excellent. This is the classic look of creek stained Flint Ridge. Serious no brainer old. Bob Converse called this piece a Stringtown, but I just can't go there with it. I think it is a big Hopewell, and a very nice one at that. Note the size.

Price: $500


Clovis - #1-7

Size: 2 1/4" long x 1 1/8" wide.

Provenance: Dibble collection 1960-1975. Unfortunately, unlabeled and not in the personal find drawer.

Condition: Good. Some decent sized dings on one blade edge. The pink area in the flute is from being on an old display. Material is Burlington, and this points to an Illinois/Missouri find location, but Paleo material likes to travel long distances. Good news is that we have a no brainer clovis that won't break the bank.



Ohio Deep Notch (Lost Lake) - #1-8

Size: 3" L x 1 11/16" W.

Provenance: Perry County, Ohio. Bob Converse collection.

Condition: Perfect. This is as close to a true Lost Lake as you will ever see in Ohio. Even rarer made from Coschocton Flint. Obvious age and minerals. Highly developed ground base with big deep notches. This one can grace anybody's frame of Early Archaics.



MacCorkle - #1-9

Size: 2 15/16" L x 1 5/8" W

Provenance: Knox County, Ohio. X: Bob Converse and labeled by him. Pictured in Ohio Flint Types Page 47 (2007).

Condition: Perfect. I don't think bifurcates can get any better than this one. Extremely thin in the tip area, gnarly serrations. Fine in every manner.

Price: $500

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Kirk Stemmed/Serrated - #1-10

Size: 2 13/16" long x 1 1/8" wide.

Provenance: Darke County, Ohio. X: L. Street.

Condition: Super. These early Kirk Stems should ever be perfectly symetrical and pretty. They would not like you calling them that. These pieces are vicious attack dogs known for doing extremely dirty work in the Early Archaic. They mean, and you better not forget it. This one is made from absolutely beautiful Sonora Flint, and represents a highly desirable type. Flaking is more than outstanding, and this thing is thin, thin, thinner.



King of Jacks Reef - #1-11

Size: 3 3/4" L x 1 1/2" W.

Provenance: Found in Indiana. Last sold at Converse Auctions 11/30/08 for $500

Condition: Super. This is just a spectacular flint. In every manner. Material is off the charts and must be heavily patinated Flint Ridge. I put the form into the transitional period between Hopewell and Intrusive Mound. Thin, and fine. I guess you could find a prettier Midwest flint....maybe....

Price: $SORRY. A collector saw this at the house, and had to have it.

This picture taken under magnification to show two important features. 1) The quartz vein that is not glue. 2) Fantastic minerals that cover the piece.


Adena - #1-12

Size: 2 5/16" L x 1 1/2" W.

Provenance: Found in Bucyrus, Ohio by M. Schreck. Last sold at Converse auctions on 8/28/93.

Condition: Super. Fabulous material in multiple colors of Flint Ridge.



Art Gerber Clovis - #1-13

Size: 3 1/4" L x 1 1/16" W

Provenance: Found in Meade County, Kentucky. Art Gerber collection #AG-38. Art purchased from well known and respected Gene Atheron in 1981.

Condition: Super. Tip is not perfect, but it wasn't ever meant to be pointy. A wise man once said "be wary of Clovi with pointy tips". Can you get better flaking on a Midwest Clovis? I end my evaluation with that question.


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