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Fine Hardstone Pendant - #3-1

Size: 3 9/16" long x 1 9/16" width.

Provenance: Found in Ross County, Ohio. Orginally collected by the famous Sharp Brothers.

Condition: Super. A very small prehistoric chip that was salvaged in ancient times near the upper right corner. Have you ever heard a collector say that a piece "glows" in the sunlight? This one would be an example of the term. Tremendous green and black mottled granite.



Hardstone Pendant - #3-2

Size: 4 3/4" Long x 1 3/4" wide.

Provenance: Found in Cass County, Ontwa Township Michigan near Edwardsburg. First collected by Larry Fisher.

Condition: Super. A couple of surface scratches from the plow. No damage. Long and thin. Take special note of the two pictures. The top side of this piece is a light brown/tan, and the bottom side is very dark brown to black. Very seldom do we see two sided patination in hardstone objects, let alone a great pendant.

Price: $350


Lunate/Crescent Bannerstone - #3-3

Size: 3 3/4" Long x 1 5/8" Wide

Provenance: Hancock County, Ohio. Dale Roberts collection.

Condition: Excellent. Knobs are broken off, and prehistorically salvaged. There are two tap holes on the bottom side for possible drilling. Again, this piece not only appears complete, but it's salvage on the knobs certainly suggests use. Wonderful light colored banded slate with great artistic banding into a bullseye.

Price: $250 - Reserved for a buyer.


Bar Amulet - #3-4

Size: 3 9/16" W x 1 1/16" W.

Provenance: Found in Hardin County, Ohio. Listed as X: Hubert Wachtel, but I don't have a publication reference to Wachtel. Someone should check WW#1 and #2.

Condition: Super. The slate is well banded with several great wormtracks. Color has a tinge of purple, which I see often in Glacial Kame birds and bars. This bar has a nice center knob, rather than the straight across style. Do you see the "arrowhead effigy" that the black banding produces from the top view?

Price: $800 - Reserved for a buyer.


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

Birdstone Eyes


Quartzite Plummet - #3-5

Size: 2 3/8" Long x 1 3/8" Wide.

Provenance: Found in Licking County, Ohio. #3781W in the famous AT Wehrle collection. Previous to Wehrle in the FP Hill collection from the 1800's. Catalog page from Wehrle collection will be included. Also, X: Max Shipley. Sold at Shipley auction 5/29/1988 as lot #21 for $85.

Condition: Super. A great hardstone plummet with a great documented history into the 1800's. Come and get it first.

Price: $250 - Reserved for a buyer.


Three Hole Gorget with Fringing - #3-6

Size: 4 3/4" Long x 1 9/16" Wide.

Provenance: Found in Lucas County, Ohio. Collected by former Ohio Arch President, Jim Hovan.

Condition: Super. Typology? Three holes leans towards Glacial Kame, but the heavy fringing (look like tallies, but larger) says Intrusive Mound. Take your pick, my money would be on Intrusive Mound. Heavy engraving all over this piece. A good case could be made that there is a bird on the piece. I will let the buyer find it. Rare to unique form.

Price: $750 -Reserved for a buyer.


Ohio Shield Bannerstone - #3-7

Size: 3 11/16" long x 2 3/4" W

Provenance: Found in Columbiana County, Ohio. Find location is on the Pennsylvania border, which fits perfectly into the distribution of this type. The "Shield" type is considered Eastern with a heart area centered on PA.

Condition: Excellent. When you see a real one, it is pretty obvious. The flaw is a blowout that is in complete character with the use of a bannerstone. When these pieces were used on an atl-atl, the ends would wiggle a bit when throwing. Many times, if not most of the time on used banners, the end would crack into a blowout. This was not the end of the usefullness of the bannerstone. The preshistoric owner smoothed out and salvaged the area. He also added tallies, which seems to correspond more to a piece being repaired rather than old notions of counting kills/hunts. There is also some engraving on the piece. And... the material is beautiful and extremely well patinated.

Price: $1200


Bar Amulet - #3-8

Size: 6 1/2" L x 5/8" W x 11/16" Tall

Provenance: Found in Brown County, Indiana. Listed as X: Gilbert Walls, but I can't verify this provenance.

Condition: Super. Kissing cousin to the birdstone is the bar amulet. Only difference is that bar amulets are rarer.

Price: $1000 Reserved for a buyer.


Hardstone Discoidal - #3-9

Size: 2 1/16" long x 7/8" thick.

Provenance: Found in Calhoun County, Illinois.

Condition: Super. Nicely cupped disc made from a mottled hardstone. Excellent piece.



Hardstone "D" bannerstone Preform- #3-10

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

Provenance: Found in Ross County, Ohio. Early Ohio Arch President Ernie Good was first modern owner.

Condition: Perfect. Great colored red hardstone. Rare type. Hole started with reed. This ranks pretty high in the banner preform type.



Quartzite Banner Preform - #3-11

Size: 1 7/8" L x 1 9/16" W x 1 5/16" Tall

Provenance: Found in Lucas County, Ohio.

Condition: Super. Great piece of red quartzite. Drilling just started. Another very nice pre-form.

Price: $125










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