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Flint Chisel - #9-1

Size: 3 13/16" L x 7/8" W

Provenance: Found in Kentucky.

Condition: Super. I have seen a decent number of Breathitt Chert celts and adzes, but never a chisel. Finely formed, and highly polished almost pure jet black Breathitt. Poll end a bit rough, but I am 100% certain it was made that way. Rare and classy artifact.

Price: $200


Flint Chisel - #9-2

Size: 3 3/4" L x 7/8"W.

Provenance: Found in Switzerland County, Indiana.

Condition: Excellent. Perfect bit, and really no damage. Form is just a bit clunky, but the maker had the important part perfect. These are for fine woodworking. Wouldn't you love to see what they were carving with this tool?



Slant Groove Axe - #9-3

Size: 6" long x 3" T x 2 1/2" W.

Provenance: Found in Ohio.

Condition: Super. 1 plow scrape is the only damage. Poll end not symmetrical, but not damaged. Slanted groove, which is almost unheard of in Ohio. It is also very close to being considered a Short Poll, which many consider Ohio's rarest axe form. Dark brown hardstone with a nice polish. This would be in the upper end of Ohio axes.



Celt - #9-4

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

Provenance: Ohio find.

Condition: Super. 100% polish. Perfect bit. High grade greenstone. I don't consider it a flaw, but the poll end didn't have the attention to detail as the bit end. To be expected. I don't think the divet on the poll is even damage. An elevation change within the orginal shape of the stone. This celt sits in the top couple percent of the type.



3/4 Groove Axe from the Meuser Collection - #9-5

Size: 5" long x 2 5/8" tall x 2 1/4" wide

Provenance: Found in Delaware County, Ohio. Labeled on poll and flute by Doctor Gordon Meuser.

Condition: Super. Stone tool from Ohio's best collection ever assembled. Well fluted bottom. Stands and displays well. Polish isn't the best, but material has a grit to the grain that didn't allow polish to be superior.



Chisel - #9-6

Size: 3 7/8" L x 1 3/16" T.

Provenance: Found in Delaware County, Ohio. Max Shipley collection. Purchased by Billy Hillen at the Shipley sale 1/15/1989 lot #1044. Note - I see plenty of Billy Hillen pieces floating around. I knew Billy, and he was known to purposefully mislabel items. Buyer beware if Billy labels a piece "Meuser". Just do your due diligence rather than trust his label. In this case, Billy was telling the truth. I looked up the piece in the Shipley catalog, and confirmed. Will send buyer catalog page.

Condition: Super. Perfect bit, tremendous polish, great material. Documented in one of Ohio's best collections. Symmetry off a tad. Cool area on poll that the maker didn't work at all. Shows the natural edge of the stone used to make the tool. This tool form is highly collected and desired. Good ones are few and far between.



3/4 Groove War Club - #9-7

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

Provenance: Indiana. X: Walterspaugh.

Condition: Excellent. These are almost always on the crude side, but this example has a much more defined form than most. Flat bottom. They are crude, b/c this tool did the rude business. Certainly could be used in combat or hunting for the kill shot. This one is also larger than most.

Price: $100

Full Groove Adze - #9-8

Size: 4 1/8" Long x 2 5/8" T

Provenance: Darke County, Ohio.

Condition: Super. I know it looks like a full groove axe, but the whole piece is built flat on one side. The bit almost rests against the ground when on a table. That's why I am calling it an adze. Maybe Adze-like is the better term. High polish all over the piece. Bit tapers in from the groove to a a nearly flawless cutting edge. Some areas that could be old damage, but they are completely polished over. A few minor plow scrapes.


Killer Material Adze - #9-9

Size: 3 7/8" Long x 2 1/4" wide

Provenance: Found in Ross County, Ohio. X: Shipley, Don Casto (Labeled by. Early Ohio Arch President)

Condition: Super. Bit does have a rough area, but you won't be bothered much by it when all your friends try to buy it from you. Amazing material with an amazing polish. Adze form is perfect, and it is starting to "gouge" out a little. The owner of this tool was important.



Little Adze - #9-10

Size: 2" Long x 1 9/16" T

Provenance: Muskingum County, Ohio.

Condition: Super. This reminds me of the form you most often see on hematite adzes. Shape and size are identical. Poll end used for hammering, and it shows some roughness associated with this task. Bit is fine, and nearly flawless. Well mineralized.

Price: $50


Speckled and Fine Adze - #9-11

Size: 2 1/2" Long x 1 3/8" T

Provenance: Muskingum County, Ohio.

Condition: Super. This thing is really fine. Squared sides. Tiniest chip out of the bit. Slick in hand with excellent polish. This is a piece that photos don't capture just how nice it is. After all these years, can you trust me to be telling you this is a really good one?









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