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3/4 Porphyry Iowa Axe - #9-1

Size: 3 5/8" L x 1 1/4" W x 2 1/8" tall.

Provenance: Found in Hardin County, Iowa by Al Bunger in 1970. I am second owner since Al found it. Have perfect provenance.

Condition: Excellent. Porphyry is the material for axes. This is undisputed for it's rarity and beauty. Add on top of that that Iowa axes are considered the best (don't get on me MO guys), and this is a special piece. I will not fully term this is a flare bit axe, but it certainly flares out a touch. Also, there is a very unusual feature on the bottom. There is basically a groove on the bottom that sits a bit in front of where the primary groove would have run. I am told this feature is known, but extremely rare. There is some damage on the piece. Bit has a few dings, and there are some plow scrapes. Piece could also benefit from hand oils as it remains a bit dry.

Price: $600


"Fluted" Celt - #9-2

Size: 6 7/8" long x 2 3/8" wide x 1 3/4" fat.

Provenance: Found in Belmont County, Ohio. Labeled and sold by legendary early dealer W.J. England, who operated during 1930's-1950's. Also note the $1.00 price tag.

Condition: Perfect. Mr. England calls this a "fluted" celt. I don't disagree, but I am not sure if it would classify as the Wisconsin style fluted axes and celts. When viewed from the side, it is almost 3 sided. It is thick bodied and extremely well formed, polished, and used. A top quality Ohio stone tool.

Price: $300

Bottom picture shows the "flute" well. Difficult to capture well with a camera.


Hematite Axe - #9-3

Size: 3 3/8" long x 2 1/4" W.

Provenance: Unknown. Old India Ink on poll that says "304".

Condition: Super. Very close to perfect. In terms of hematite axes, they don't get much better. Heavy and fine.

Price: $400


Chisel - #9-4

Size: 5 1/4" L x 1 7/16" tall.

Provenance: Chester County, PA.

Condition: Super. Bit is not quite perfect, but no damage. Good size for a chisel, and from an area you don't see too many come from. Always a respected and well collected rarer stone tool form.

Price: $150


Grooved Gouge - #9-5

Size: 6 1/16" tall x 1 11/16" wide.

Provenance: Found in Chester County, PA.

Condition: Excellent. Extremely rare for a gouge to be grooved. This one sure feels like it is double grooved on either side of a central hump. The only thing holding back this piece is the material. I have seen material all over the Midwest, and even found a celt made from it. What it lacks in overall eye appeal, the material does take a tremendous edge and polish. The front 1/3 leading to the bit is baby bottom smooth with a great bit.

Price: $150


Full Groove Axe - #9-6

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

Provenance: Unknown.

Condition: Good. Most interesting thing about this axe is that it is formed very much like a 3/4 groove, but it is a full groove.

Price: $50 + shipping.


Killer Gouge - #9-7

Size: 3 5/16" long x 1 5/8" wide.

Provenance: Massachusetts.

Condition: Super. I have handled a decent number of gouges, and this one ranks up there. Deeply concave from bit to poll. Nice dark brown hardstone. Very few condition issues with a superior bit for the type. Most gouges get extremely beat up, this one is just nice. Probably the rarest and most collected form in the ungrooved hardstone tool.

Price: $300

Hornstone Flint Adze - #9-8

Size: 6" long x 2 5/8" wide.

Provenance: Southern Indiana.

Condition: Super. There are a few nicks on this piece, but feel it desserves super condition rating. Hornstone flint adzes are extremely rare. This one is center cut with a great bullseye. Shows great use polish to a mirror sheen all around the bit area. Difficult to capture polish in a photo, but notice how the flash bounces off it.

Price: $125

Super Fine Celt with Bit chip - #9-9

Size: 7 1/8" long x 2 1/4" wide.

Provenance: Northern Ohio. In a collection I purchased a long time ago.

Condition: Good. Never could part with this, b/c if the bit was perfect, it would be my best by far. You will be amazed at how fine it is. Worthy of small bit restoration.

Price: $50


Full Groove Adze - #9-10

Size: 3 5/8" long x 2 1/8" wide

Provenance: Ohio.

Condition: Good. Well used, ie, damaged, but still holds it's form well. Hard to capture the gist of this piece, but this is clearly an adze, and not an axe. Rare form, wish it was finer.

Price: $30


Small Black Celt - #9-11

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

Provenance: Ohio.

Condition: Super. Very little, if any, damage. Jet black material with a good polish.

Price: $25


Speckled Granite Celt - #9-12

Size: 3 1/2" long x 2 1/8" wide.

Provenance: Ohio.

Condition: Excellent. Nice material. No damage, just not super fine or polished.

Price: $25



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