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Double Notch Wing Butterfly Bannerstone - #3-1

Size: 5 1/2" long x 3 5/8" width.

Provenance: Found near Fisher's Lake in St. Joe County, Michigan. Originally collected by Doug Thoma, who sold piece to Richard Heitkamp 8/1/1990.

Condition: Excellent. If the ranking was for patina/age, it would be beyond perfect. As it stands, there are two modern dings that are highlighted in the photos. Material is banded slate with several large wormtracks running through the piece. Large and plentiful mineral deposits. Pretty much the definition of no brainer. Also, included is some tally marks across the raised ridge barell. Multiple people wanted me to sell this piece privately, but I wanted to leave it open to the public.



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: $400



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: $300


Quadraconcave Gorget - #3-4

Size: 3 1/2" W x 2 1/8" W.

Provenance: Found on the Crowder Farm located in Perrysville, Illinois.

Condition: Excellent. Not perfect, but no real damage. Material is a wonderful purple banded slate. This form is mostly associated with Adena, but they can have bi-conical drilling like this one. Old timers called these "Reel Types". There is a bunch of pencil on the piece that I cannot decipher. It can be erased, but I left it in case someone could figure out what it says.



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

Birdstone Eyes


Glacial Kame Gorget - #3-5

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

Provenance: Found in Section 6, Colon Township, St. Joe County, Michigan. Last sold at the Barth Auction that occurred in the mid 1980's.

Condition: Excellent. Some dings that travel horizontally with the piece. Great red banded slate that is darker on one side. This is a rare Glacial kame type that I have seen called a "Teardrop". In truth, it is a blended form between elliptical and sandal sole.

Price: $200


Bi-Concave Gorget - #3-6

Size: 3 5/16" Long x 1 9/16" Wide.

Provenance: Found in Branch County, Michigan by R. Sours. Sold to Barry Goodwin, well known collector from Coldwater, Michigan.

Condition: Super. One side has great and highly contrasted banding. A classic little "dog-bone" type.

Price: $250 - Reserved.


Doctor Meuser Greenstone Pendant - #3-7

Size: 4 1/8" long x 2" W

Provenance: Found 4 miles E of Mansfield. Doctor Gordon Meuser 3139/5.

Condition: Super. Typology is somewhere in the Bell/Keyhole family. Closer to Bell pendant. Wonderful light green material with perfect mineralization. Lightly written on by someone in the 1800's named Simon in a great early writing style. If you notice it, you will like it.



Doc Meuser Pipestone D Bannerstone - #3-8

Size: 3 3/16" L x 1 1/2" W x 1 9/16" Tall

Provenance: Found in Richland County, Ohio. Doctor Gordon Meuser #6/5C. Extremely early number from Meuser's purchase of the JT Craig collection in 1917.

Condition: Perfect. What else do you want in a piece? Rare banner type that when seen, is often exotic materials. Pipestone material, which is ultra rare. No damage. Documented back to 1917 in Ohio's finest collection ever assembled.



Grooved Bar Weight - #3-9

Size: 4 1/16" long x 1 1/4" wide.

Provenance: Found 3 miles SW of Liberty Center, Henry County, Ohio. Doctor Gordon Meuser Collection #797/5.

Condition: Super. Highly polished hardstone with one blocked end, and one pointy end. Prominent groove. This type is widely considered the earliest bannerstone form, and may date all the way back to the Late Paleo. Science is unclear on the topic.



Hematite/Limonite Pendant - #3-10

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

Provenance: Found iin Scioto County, Ohio. Doctor Gordon Meuser Collection #1729/5

Condition: Perfect. Not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 tap holes on the piece. The 4th is hiding on the bottom of the back-side. Thinned out, and worked with precision. Material is iron based, just not sure if enough Fe to be hematite or limonite. Material took a great polish. In the pantheon of pendants, this one ranks pretty high.



Meuser Grooved Gouge - #3-11

Size: 4 3/16" L x 2 3/8" W

Provenance: Found in Richland County, Ohio. Doctor Gordon Meuser #30/2C. All "C" numbers are from the JT Craig collection that Doctor Meuser purchased in 1917.

Condition: Good. A very interesting and unique stone tool. It is made of slate, which is very rare. It is also grooved across the top, which is very rare feature. And it is fluted on the bottom in a gouge like manner. Bit is very nice.

Price: $200


Single Notch Wing Bannerstone #3-12

Size: 4 1/4" L x 1 5/8" W

Provenance: Lenawee County, Michigan.

Condition: Good. A utilitarian banner that was obviously used. I wonder how many hunts it went on? Nice banding in the slate that exhibits 2 bullseyes that are mirrored on opposite wings. I want to think that traits like this were purposeful. Another in my series of no brainers from Michigan.











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