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Geniculate Bannerstone - #3-1

Size: 3" Long x 2" Wide.

Provenance: Found in Pike County, Ohio. John Berner COA #9593 dated 9/20/2000. COA to John Duncan. X: Dean Ryan, Hop Watkins, Marco Watkins, Tom Frainey. Piece was purchased through CJ O'neil in 2007

Condition: Super. No damage. This is the "hockey stick" style of geniculate with the oblong hole. Great banding with two concentric bullseyes. Obviously, a rare and desirable relic.



Engraved Gorget - #3-2

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

Provenance: Rhode Island. Came from collection of a deceased friend who lived in Mass.

Condition: Excellent. I am not sure what the material is. I guess some type of glacial slate. It shows some de-lamination and cracking, but is stable. Heavily engraved all over the face.

Price: $200


Butterfly Bannerstone - #3-3

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

Provenance: Found around the town of Greensburg, Indiana. Decatur County, Indiana.

Condition: Good. This one has been through some wars over the last 5 thousand years. Somehow, it remains intact. Collect no brainer.



Conch Shell Pendant - #3-4

Size: 4 3/8" L x 1 5/8" Widest part of conch.

Provenance: Found in New Haven, Gallatin County, Illinois. Piece comes from the very old Cheeseboro collection that was broken up in the 1940's.

Condition: Perfect. No flaws, and is a better piece in hand. Just too many angles to get a single picture that captures what the piece represents. Outstanding patina. No brainer. Almost the entire piece shows surface wear and polish. I am highly attracted to this piece, and you should be also. Did I mention these are extremely rare?

Price: $400


Memo to Fakers: These eyes have been around a long time, but still can see.

Birdstone Eyes


Waco Sinker - #3-5

Size: 2" Long x 1 1/8" wide.

Provenance: Texas.

Condition: Perfect. These enigmatic stones are almost exclusively from Texas. Some say net weights, some say atl-atl weights.

Price: $50 - Reserved


Sandstone Plummet - #3-6

Size: 2 1/4" diameter x 1 3/8" tall.

Provenance: I should know but never labeled piece, and lost info. Another good reason to label. In my collection for at least 10 years.

Condition: Excellent. A couple small plow strikes. Piece is mostly the shape of the natural stone, and then grooved.



Fort Ancient Vase Pipe - #3-7

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

Provenance: Ohio. Catalogue # 2/36.

Condition: Super. Classic Fort Ancient form in sandstone. Pretty sure this piece ended up in a fire pit, b/c it shows burn on the outside. No damage.

Price: $150


Modern Steatite Pipe - #3-8

Size: 3 1/4" long x 2 1/2" tall.

Provenance: none.

Condition: Modern. Normally I dispose of fakes that come in collections, but I don't think this one was made to fool anyone. I will go a step further and say that if this piece fools someone, they deserve it. Nothing about it says old or Indian, but it is cool, and you can put it to use.

Price: $25.


Bar Amulet - #3-9

Size: 3" long x 1" wide.

Provenance: Scioto County, Ohio. #535 in Dale Roberts collection.

Condition: Perfect. This is a very attractive relic. Wonderful artistic banding that centers a bullseye on the "hump" in the center of the piece. The hump and flared ends are very subtle on this piece. There is a also an interesting tap hole in between the two actual holes on one side. This tap hole is in a terrible place, and surely would have broken out if completed. No maker would do this after either of the two holes were produced. I tell you this, b/c of a long standing I have. I feel that tap holes represent symmetry markers for the maker while shaping the piece. If the tap holes turn out to be centered upon completion of the piece, they were completed. If not, they would drill in a different place. Anyway, that's my theory.

Price: $550. Reduced.


Pottery Trowel - #3-10

Size: 2 1/8" D x 2" tall

Provenance: Unknown. Found this in the bottom of a box of stone tools in a collection I purchased. Amazing it survived.

Condition: Good. Very few survive intact. A cool and rare important tool for pottery manufacturing.



Bullseye Banded Slate Boatstone - #3-11

Size: 2 9/16" long x 1 1/4" wide x 1 1/8" tall.

Provenance: Labeled Huron County, Ohio. Looks to be Stan Copeland's writing.

Condition: Excellent. Salvaged on one end. You can even see a notch cut into the end to help with suspension. The material is superior on this example. I called it a bulleseye, but it reminds of a shark's eye also. Clearly, the prehistoric maker worked this into the design, and lined it up in the center. Deeply scooped. Did I mention that the color, patina, and contrast of the slate is beautiful.



Modern Pipe Tomahawk - #3-12

Size: 17" Long. Pipe tomahawk is 7 1/4" long.

Provenance: Was in a collection I purchased a way's back. Had it in a drawer, time for a new owner.

Condition: I have no allusions that this is anything but a reproduction pipe tomahawk and handle. The beads are modern, and the head is obviously cast. Still, a very cool piece, and the handle is particularly well done. I haven't tested the pipe with any ceremonial offerings, but it does work.



Wisconsin Wing Preform - #3-13

Size: 5" Long x 4" Wide x 1 5/8" Thick.

Provenance: Found within a 50 mile radius of Clarinda, Iowa. Page or Taylor County. I purchased from finder, and will provide buyer with finder's information, and a letter from finder stating provenance.

Condition: Perfect, but unfinished. The green in this piece of porphry almost glows in the sunlight like an emerald. If complete, this piece would be right up among the greatest artifacts of all time. Certainly would be a top piece from the state of Iowa. Piece shows incredible heft and thickness. Fluted barrel on top and bottom.


Trapezoidal Pendant - #3-14

Size: 4 1/4" Long x 1 5/8" Wide.

Provenance: Knox County, Indiana. X: David Moore.

Condition: Perfect. Piece has some staining on it, that I would not recommend trying to remove. Excellent contrasting and artistic banding. Solid pendant.



Fluted Tube Bannerstone - #3-15

Size: 4" Long x 1 1/2" Wide.

Provenance: Huron County, Ohio. X: Theler, West, Moore, Stropes.

Condition: Excellent. There is blowout near the hole, which is seen on most authentic examples of this type. The damage occurs from use as an atl-atl weight. The area on this example is smoothed out/salvaged. This piece has a very nice flute on the bottom of it. Great surface patina in a dark colored slate.

Price: $300. Reserved.


Elongated Ball Bannerstone (Tube Bannerstone?) - #3-16

Size: 2 13/16" long x 1 3/4" Wide.

Provenance: Barholomew County, Indiana. Dan Stropes collection.

Condition: Excellent. A few plow scars across the piece. Do you think it might be real? This piece falls into the wonderful class of no brainer. Form is somewhere in between ball banner and tube banner.



Curved Pick Bannerstone - #3-17

Size: 4 1/4" Long x 2 1/2" Wide.

Provenance: Dan Stropes purchased from finders family in Indiana. Exact details to buyer.

Condition: Super. There is a small amount of salvaged damage on one point. The surface patina is a 10, and there is even some nonsensical engravings. The polish might go to 11. Smooth as silk across the whole surface. Great bullseye on one side with a nice wormtrack. Classy bannerstone.



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