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Doctor Meuser Stemmed Blade - #1-1

Size: 5 1/16" L x 2 1/16" W.

Provenance: Found in Knox County, Ohio. Cliff Bauer purchased from Doctor Gordon Meuser on 3/5/1951 for $3.25. At the time of purchase, Cliff felt the piece was worth $8.00. #45 in the Bauer collection. Bauer catalog page shown below.

Condition: Super. I would date this piece to the Early Hopewell period, b/c the piece does seem to have some blending elements between Adena(straight stem, blade shape) and Hopewell (drooping ears and blade width). Multi-colored Flint Ridge with a distinct color line running at a 45 degree angle to the blade. I see white, tan, orange, purple, olive, and gold. Translucent in areas, which creates a mottled look when back lit. In the world of collecting, very rarely does a top shelf piece line up like this one. If there is a better piece with better documentation / authenticity for sale right now, let me know. From my personal collection of Bauer pieces.



Benton - #1-2

Size: 4 7/8" long x 1 5/8" wide.

Provenance: Ohio. William McQueen Collection.

Condition: Super. I had this point up before listed as an Ovoid. Several folks expressed to me they thought it was Benton related. I took it down, and asked around. I came over to their side, and feel good about the Benton typology. Large, well made, and a pleasing light colored Hornstone with a a bullseye on the side of the blade.



Ohio Big Base Dovetail - #1-3

Size: 2 13/16" long x 1 9/16" wide.

Provenance: Ohio. Cliff Bauer collection.

Condition: Super. Such an interesting form. I think everyone would call it a Dovetail, but there are elements of Kirk and Lost Lake in this piece. Material is a great mottled Mercer Flint with black, blue and even red mixed in. A 2-D picture does not capture a unique feature on this piece, but the tip turns upward. You can kind of tell it doesn't sit perfectly flat in my hand. The Buaer pieces are almost gone. Sad.



Clovis - #1-4

Size: 2 1/8" long x 1 3/16" wide.

Provenance: Ohio. Cliff Bauer collection. Purchased by Bauer in early 1952 for $3.

Condition: Excellent. Couple of chatter nicks along the blade edges. Thin flutes. I sold this piece at the Bauer auction, and it wasn't paid for. I kept it since, but it is time to move on with it.


Bauer calls the piece "Unfluted Folsom", but I clearly see flutes, they are just shallow.


Serrated Hopewell - #1-5

Size: 2 3/16" long x 1 1/16" wide.

Provenance: Ohio. This piece was purchased by Cliff Bauer on 7/16/1955 from Bernard Cluff for $.50. Cluff had just purchased the famouse Doc Stengle collection, and this was in Cliff's first picks from the collection.

Condition: Super. Have you ever seen a serrated Hopewell? I don't have the right adjective to describe the rarity level. Possibly unique. Nicely colored and variegated Flint Ridge to boot.



Un-fractured Decatur - #1-6

Size: 3 11/16" long x eyelash shy of 2" wide.

Provenance: Berks County, Pennsylvania.

Condition: Excellent. When I received this piece, I thought: Thebes. Kept turning it over in my hand, and realized it is a much rarer type: Unfractured Decatur. Extremely wide, well made with an almost diamond cross section, big rounded Decatur ears, deep and expert notches, and outstanding early flaking. Extra bonus of a translucent quartz crystal on one of the blade edges.

Price: $250


Gibson County, Indiana Kirk - #1-7

Size: 2 15/16" long x 1 9/16" wide.

Provenance: Gibson County, Indiana. Who's Who #1 collection. Info to buyer. From my personal collection and 1 of 5 flints kept out of a 2000 piece collection.

Condition: Super. So close to perfect. A tiny bit of edge chatter. Absolutely incredible finely made blade edges with fine pressure flaking and tiny serrations. Material is a big plus, however, I am not completely sure what it is. Good chance it is Kaolin, but could be what I hear termed Paoli and found in this area.



Oh my goodness Hopewell - #1-8

Size: 2 11/16" L x 1 1/4" W.

Provenance: Ohio. I purchased a small group of Ohio flints glued to a board that ended up in Iowa, and were untouched since the 1960's.

Condition: Super. I guess you can try to find a better material Hopewell, but good luck. Not only is the material ice like in appearance, it also has a substantial green tint with nearly a rainbow of other colors. I am not sure where the line is drawn between Flint Ridge Moss Agate and Flint Ridge Chalcedony, but this is as good as it gets. Several naked eye viewable mineral deposits, and superior under magnification. Classic big base Ohio Hopewell form.



A Quartz River Run's Through It - #1-9

Size: 1 5/8" L x 2 15/16" W

Provenance: Ohio. I purchased a small group of Ohio flints glued to a board that ended up in Iowa, and were untouched since the 1960's.

Condition: Excellent. This is the type of Adena that makes you stand up and take note. Ridiculously collectible. One of the thickest and best defined quartz veins I have ever seen. Good luck getting in first on this one.


This is a bad pic. Flash bounced back "washing" the piece.

No, this isn't photo shopped.


Pair of Ohio Paleo with PROVENANCE! - #1-10

Size: Black Fluted Point: 1 7/8" long x 7/8" wide. Variegated Coshocton Fluted Point: 2" long x 7/8" wide.

Provenance: Found by Norman C. and Elmer Rudolph. Black piece found at Richfield, Summit County Ohio, and the variegated Coshocton piece found at Shreve, Wayne County, Ohio. Picture above shows the pieces and provenance from the early 1950's. I have also included a list of Ohio Arch members from 1951 showing Elmer Rudolph as a member. This photo is extremely valuable as rock solid documentation to a time period, and it may hint at further provenance. During the early 1950's, Hubert Wachtel (Editor of Ohio Archaeologist) made a public statement asking members for photos of the Ohio "Folsoms" (term of the day for Clovis). I feel that this picture was meant for submission to Ohio Arch. The type face and general manner mimics Ohio Arch's from the time period. This may be in Ohio Arch bulletins, or the journal, I just couldn't find it. An early mentor of mine once made a statement that I have found to be true. He said that the rarest thing in collecting is to find "Paleo with Provenance".

Condition: Black piece is an 7.5. Variegated piece is a 10. I don't throw around the "G-10" unless it applies. I cannot find any flaws to the piece, and you will note several factors that are absolutely outstanding for the type. Great patinated material, incredible flaking, and superior flutes on both sides. Think about this: the piece has a total length of 2". The flutes measure 1 7/16" and 1 5/8". I will go a step further, and state that it is one of the best small fluted points from the State of Ohio. I know this is very subjective, but show me a better one. Don't sleep on the value of the provenance. As we move forward more and more into a collecting culture of pieces with dead end stories and poorly researched certificates, pieces like this are going to continue to escalate in value. The black piece is also very nice. It is borderline Crowfield in it's fluting technique, has superior flaking / grinding, has red / white lightning lines, and was clearly resharpened in the haft.



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