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3/14/19

Fine Celt - #9-1

Size: 4 1/16" L x 1 7/8" W.

Provenance: From Ohio, but ended up in Alabama with a friend of mine.

Condition: Perfect. Fine grained black and green diorite. Tremendous polish on the entire area that was exposed above the haft. The sides slope outward so you can feel exactly how the piece was hafted. Sides are expertly formed, and squared off. Bit is fine and sharp. Size is just right for a good fit in your hand. One of my favorite celts I have had on the site.

Price: $SOLD> THANK YOU>

 

Improved Order of Red Man Ceremony Axe - #9-2

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

Provenance: Piece was in the Cliff Bauer collection. No history.

Condition: Special. This is not a prehistoric axe. This axe was made for a ranking member of the "Improved Order of Red Men". This fraternal organization was founded in 1834, and claim direct lineage to the Son's of Liberty who dressed as Indians during the Boston Tea Party. I have seen wood and metal axes from this group with similar style, but never one made from stone. My guess is that this points to an early date within the organization. The manufacture was accomplished using a metal file that shows faceting across the faces of the piece. The underside of the axe shows a good amount of wear from movement in the haft. The most exciting feature is the wonderful folk art Indian carved into the face of the axe. While simple, the engraver was clearly skilled, and captures the form extremely well. Having some knowledge in folk art styles, I am fairly confident the art work points to pre Civil War work. This is a unique item, and a personal favorite for the last 5 years.

Price: $100

 

Banded Slate Celt - #9-3

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

Provenance: From Ohio, but ended up in Alabama with a friend of mine.

Condition: Super. The only imperfections are in the symmetry from how the piece was made, and one small ding from a plow. I have owned a few banded slate celts over the years, and this one has the best bit by a mile over all the others. Banded slate is a soft material, and the bits did not hold up well. I think the prehistoric people only rarely utilized this material for stone tools b/c it did not hold up, but could be made faster in a pinch. Collectors wish there were more made from slate, b/c they are beautiful and very desirable.

Price: $100 - RESERVED FOR A BUYER.

 

Mini 3/4 Groove Axe - #9-4

Size: 2 13/16" L x 2 1/4" W.

Provenance: Ohio.

Condition: Good. Mini anything is cool. Mini axes are extra cool. Even though the bit is flattened, I don't think this axe was broken, and re-worked into a mini. The proportions feel right for it's present size. Material is close to Tillite, which is a rarer axe material.

Price: $SOLD> THANK YOU>

 

Mirror Polish Flint Spade - #9-5

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

Provenance: Found near Danville, Illinois. Collected originally by Doug Thomas. Last sold in 1984 for $35.

Condition: Excellent. Some dings along the way, but form holds together well. I am not whether to call the poll end damaged or made the way it is. Many of these spades were made with polls that look snapped off. Do note the last picture that at least shows that if a break, it is the same age as the piece. I had a hard time capturing the polish, but it is absolute glass all around the bit, and on the high spots throughout the entire piece. I had a buddy stop over who doesn't know spades, and asked me "did some put resin over the piece to make it look like that?" Nope, this is how polished they get.

Price: $SOLD> THANK YOU>

 

Flint Celt - #9-6

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

Provenance: Found near Danville, Illinois. Collected originally by Doug Thomas.

Condition: Good. This one is a bit beat up, but still all together. Great bit with mirror polish.

Price: $35

 

Flint Celt - #9-7

Size: 5 1/2" long x 2 7/8" wide.

Provenance: Unknown. I received this in my friend Kevin Sedgwick's collection, and it did not come with a find location.

Condition: Super. No damage to speak of. Has the distinct look of being found in water. Poll end is a little rough, but it is 100% not broken. Poll represents outer cortex of flint nodule used. A nice example of this form.

Price: $SOLD> THANK YOU>

Iron Axe - #9-8

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

Provenance: I personally found this axe near Washington Courthouse, Ohio. Found with other axe.

Condition: Good. Obviously, this is iron, and not prehistoric.

Price: $25 + $6 shipping

Iron Axe - #9-9

Size: 5 1/4" Long x 4 1/2" wide.

Provenance: I personally found this axe near Washington Courthouse, Ohio. Found with other axe.

Condition: Good. Obviously not prehistoric, but old.

Price: $15 + $6 shipping.

 

Knapping Tools - Modern - #9-10

Size: about 6" long.

Provenance: These were in a collection I purchased a few years ago.

Condition: Working. Have you thought about trying to knap flint? These are the tools you need to do it like the ancients. The large billet is for percussion flaking, and the smaller ones are for pressure flaking. This set was never used.

Price: $20

 

Trade Pipe - #9-11

Size: 1 1/2" L x 1 3/4" tall

Provenance: Unknown.

Condition: Excellent. One nip off the mouth piece, and the rim is a bit uneven. Not sure where this one was made, but these are early to mid 1800's. Most collections seem to end up with a few of them. Not indian, but Colonial Era American.

Price: $10

 

3/4 Grooved hammerstone - Quartz- Hill/Wehrle - #9-12

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

Provenance: Ohio. #23,332 in the Hill collection. Also in the AT Wehrle collection. .

Condition: Perfect. One of the better 3/4 groove hammers you will see. Not highly polished, but they never are. No damage. I have a buddy that we always exchange Hill numbers, and marvel at the enormity of that 1800's collection. We have found numbers over 100,000!!! This piece isn't photogenic. Much, much better in hand than camera can capture.

Price: $75

 

Bent Adze - #9-13

Size: 4 1/8" L x 1 3/4" wide

Provenance: South West Ohio.

Condition: Super. It never ceases to amaze at the variety within stone tool forms. I have kept this one for many years due to it's unusual configuration. The whole piece is bent downward creating a concave angle on the bottom of the piece. The top side slopes upward towards a point about 2/3 towards the poll on both ends. I have to think that this is an improvement in hafting that never caught on. I would think this is much more efficient, and could create different angles to handle the tool. Material and polish are outstanding.

Price: $75

 

NOT FOR SALE SECTION:

I like artistry in slate.

I like Porphyry.

I like bullseye banding on slate:

I like things I can't have:

I like Flint Ridge Flint:

I like Bullseye patterns on flint pieces:

I like Hematite Axes

 

 

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