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Joseph Verba Collection Frame 1 - All pieces on this page come from this frame.

Joseph Verba was from Bellaire, Ohio, but traveled around via his job with the Railroad. I don't have exact dates, but my sense is that this collection was assembled as early as the 1930's, and as late as the 1950's. A large percentage of the flint is centered around Fairfield County, but multiple other areas are well represented. The pieces are all unquestionably ancient, and the collection was the result of a great eye for beauty in flint. Mr. Verba did us a tremendous favor by cataloging all the pieces on the back of his wood frames. I labeled pieces that did not have stickers or locations already on the piece to preserve the history. I consider it a real treat to be able to handle these pieces and help distribute them back into the collecting world.

Back of Verba frame 1:

 

Black Ohio Big Sandy - #1-2

Size: 2 1/16" long x 1 1/4" wide.

Provenance: Found along Laurel Ridge, which is an old timer lost term for an area near Laurelville, Hocking County, Ohio.

Condition: Super. This is the form and style of the Ohio Archeological Society logo. Even though the logo isn't in color, I am sure it would be black Mercer. This is the classic Ohio flint.

Price: $50

 

Ohio Thebes Bevel - #1-3

Size: 2 1/4" x 1 3/16" wide.

Provenance: Found in Stark County.

Condition: Excellent. Well formed and twisted up bevel. There is some old glue and cotton on the back that I was reluctant to clean off due to potential loss of the old sticker.

Price: $40

 

Rounded Base Paleo Lance - #1-4

Size: 3 1/4" long x 1 3/16" wide.

Provenance: Found in Rockbridge, Hocking County, Ohio on the Heft Farm. Several interesting facts about the Heft farm. First, do some googling, and you will find that the Heft family had a large collection back in the 1940's, and there were several newspaper articles about it from the period. Second, when I bought the Cliff Bauer collection, I found multiple notes about Cliff trading points with Tracey Heft.

Condition: Super. A little odd to have a rounded base on a Paleo lance, but I am 100% with the typology. Sides and base have heavy grinding a little more than a full 1/3 up the blade edges. Well flaked and formed. Mostly sure this is Delaware Chert.

Price: $75

 

Flint Ridge E-Notch - #1-5

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

Provenance: Found in Laurel Valley near Cola Valley. Hocking County, Ohio. I searched for either of these towns on the internet, and couldn't find them. I did however find a bed and breakfast in Hocking County with a "Cola Valley View Cabin". I called them, and found out that many moons ago, the road they are on was called Big Cola Valley Road, and there was also a little Cola Valley. They had never heard of Laurel Valley, but told me their property sits on Laurel Creek. The "valley" must have been an old timer name for an area in that immediate vicinity. So much fun researching the places listed in this collection!

Condition: Super. Tip is rounded, but most are of this type. Pretty safe to say that Flint Ridge E-Notches rank amond the crown jewels of Ohio flint types. This is a little one, but packs a big punch worthy of the best E-notch collections.

Price: $SOLD THANK YOU>

 

Thebes - #1-6

Size: 2 3/4" L x 1 9/16" W.

Provenance: Found in Amanda, Fairfield County, Ohio.

Condition: Excellent. This piece is highly beveled. So highly beveled that the tip straightens back out. Hard to say if tip was damaged prehistorically, or if the maker purposefully flattened it out. There is flaking that goes around the tip like it was rounded off with purpose. If you feel compelled to use a micrscope on this piece, let me suggest using a 1x setting. Huge minerals that the naked eye can easily see.

Price: $SOLD> THANK YOU>

 

Bifurcated/Serrated Kirk Stemmed - #1-7

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

Provenance: Found in Cherry Ridge (sticker fell off), and back of board additionally lists Washington Township, Hocking County, Ohio. I could not find Cherry Ridge on any map, but I did find out that Washington Township is literally the least inhabited township in Ohio. There are only two unicorporated communities (Ewing and Ilesboro) in the Township, and I bet Cherry Ridge is an old timer name for a geographic feature or farm in the area. This is rugged country, and you very, very rarely see any artifacts from this part of the state. The reason being that the land remains unbroken.

Condition: Super. This thing is gnarly. Thin, twisted, beveled, serrated, and with a still deadly tip. Just how early these are, I don't know, but would bet they date to the earliest of the Archaic period. Just a great flint in hand.

Price: $100 - RESERVED

 

Paleo Stemmed - #1-8

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

Provenance: Belpre, Washington County, Ohio.

Condition: Super. Don't ask me what to call this. Almost Dalton like, and being Washington County, maybe. I am sure it is Late Paleo. A little glue on the back in picture that I removed by sticking it in water for a few days.

Price: $50

 

Thebes - #1-9

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

Provenance:Found at the Rock Mill Site, Lancaster, Fairfield County, Ohio. This is a very cool provenance, with Rock Mill being the oldest grist mill in the state of Ohio, built in the 1700's. Rock Mill is located on the cliffs overlooking the upper falls of the Hocking River. Doesn't get much better than that.

Condition: Excellent. Best feature of this piece is the two toned nature of the material. Tip is nicked. Nice bevel, and a very solid piece.

Price: $SOLD> THANK YOU

 

Flint Ridge E-notch - #1-10

Size: 2 1/16" long x 1 7/16" wide.

Provenance: Found in Havensport, Fairfield County, Ohio. This is an unincorporated community founded in 1831 when the Erie Canal was extended to that point.

Condition: Excellent. This one took a decent impact to the tip, but didn't break off the tip. It did remove a flake horizontally to the piece that shows on one side. See bottom pictures. If rating this piece, it would range between a high 7 and an 8. Killer Flint Ridge, and the expanding notches. Sort of shocked that I have 2 Flint Ridge E's to sell.

Price: $100. - RESERVED

 

"Blood" Tip Dovetail - #1-11

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

Provenance: Found in Pleasantville, Fairfield County, Ohio.

Condition: Super. Classic patinated Coshocton with superior color including blue, white, red, and green. Highly ground base, with a significant heavy bevel. My guess is this piece was a big one that held up over many resharpenings. One could really learn to stay away from all the bad Coschocton pieces (particularly Paleo Lances made in blue) that I see on the market by just studying this one piece.

Price: $50. - RESERVED

 

Mini Ohio Bevel - #1-12

Size: 1 7/8" L x 1 7/16" wide.

Provenance: Found in the town of Pleasantville, Fairfield County, Ohio.

Condition: Super. Some points were just made small, and I feel this is one of them. There is a bevel, so it was resharpened, but it was never big. This is a very "rocky" form of Mercer, with very pleasing colors.

Price: $30 - RESERVED

 

Stemmed Bevel - #1-13

Size: 2 5/16" L x 15/16" wide

Provenance: Found in Oreville, Falls Township, Hocking County, Ohio. This is a blip on the map, and in one of the least populated areas of the state.

Condition: Excellent. This is a very unique, interesting, and cool piece. Seriously considered keeping it. First, I am not sure, but this could be Pennsylvania Jasper. Being found in Ohio makes it a rare traveler. Second, this piece has one of the best bevels I have ever seen. Third, what is it? I guess it could be a Thebes with the ears completely sharpened off, but the notch placement makes me wonder. Did I mention this is about the steepest, nicest bevel I have ever seen. See photo below.

Price: $25

 

Chert E-Notch - #1-14

Size: 2 1/8" L x 1 3/16 W

Provenance: Found in town of Chauncey, Athens County, Ohio.

Condition: Excellent. Good complete piece. Only drawback is the Brassfield Chert. They can't all be Flint Ridge.

Price: $20 - RESERVED

 

Dovetail - #1-15

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

Provenance: Found in Amanda, Fairfield County, Ohio.

Condition: Good. Biggest drawback in condition, may be the pieces best feature. There are two large firepops on the backside, that I have no idea how they didn't explode the point. These fire pit finds are usually the result of the piece being cooked inside an animal. Yum!

Price: $15 - RESERVED

 

White Bevel - #1-16

Size: 1 7/8" L x 1 3/16" W

Provenance: Perfect information. Found on the Luther Fink Farm located in Rockbridge, Fairfield County, Ohio. This is a perfect chance for someone to research the old tax maps to find the exact find location. I have to think that when the farm is listed that the piece represents a personal find of Verba.

Condition: Super. This piece pictures badly, but it is very nice in hand. High grade waxy material that may be white Flint Ridge. Very cool diminutive stature, but extremely well made.

Price: $25 - RESERVED

 

Stemmed Kirk - #1-17

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

Provenance: Amanda, Fairfield County, Ohio.

Condition: Excellent. Do you think it has a chance of being real? Absolutely covered in mineralization. Pretty close to Heavy Duty, but the bevel puts it in the early Kirk tradition.

Price: $15

 

Bird Point - #1-18

Size: 1 7/16" L x 11/16" W

Provenance: Amanda, Fairfield County, Ohio.

Condition: Super. Great little piece of Flint Ridge to fill holes in your color frame. I like how the color goes from dark pink to white as you move from tip to base.

Price: $10

 

Slate Eyes

birdstone

Sometimes we have stone eyes, and mouths, but we still know what you fakers are doing.

 

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