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How about some Bauer Bifurcates and Early Archaics?

MacCorkle - #1-1

Size: 2 9/16" L x 1 5/8" W.

Provenance: Ohio.

Condition: Excellent. One ear clipped. A very hard material that shows some translucency. Small stack on back.

Price: $35

 

Bird Dropping Mercer Bifurcate - #1-2

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

Provenance: Ohio. Cliff Bauer collection. Labeled on back with #755 in the famous F.P Hill collection of Delaware, Ohio. I have never seen this low a number from the Hill collection. Yes, it has the "H" also. With this low a number, probably collected in the mid 1800's.

Condition: Excellent. Small with big gnarly serrations. Great material.

Price: $SOLD> THANK YOU>

 

Breathitt "Cortex Notch" - #1-3

Size: 4 13/16" long x 1 7/8" wide.

Provenance: Ohio. Cliff Bauer collection.

Condition: Super. This is a top notch piece of Breathitt Chert. It is exceptionally long for the material, and extremely well made. As many of you already know, Breathitt Chert is one of the hardest cherts in North America. Only an extremely skilled artisan would be able to knap this material at all, let alone an 5" notched blade. The second half of the story on this point is worth telling. My friend and noted author Jim Murphy was working on a study of Breathitt Chert when he passed away last year. I held this point out of the Bauer collection b/c I wanted to surprise him with it. The collecting community lost a great friend and ambassador when Jim passed away. While Jim was studying Breathitt, he discovered several of these large notched blades, all made with the natural cortex as the base. We spoke several times about this enigma, and Jim was convinced this was a unique type, contemporaneous with dovetails. Although, I don't know exactly where this example was found, Jim told me that every example he knew about came from 50 miles North or South of the Ohio River. I don't know how far along Jim was with his research, but if someone picks it back up, I hope they like my name "Cortex Notch" for this newly defined point type.

Price: $ON HOLD>

 

Hump Back Bifurcate - #1-4

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

Provenance: Found in Ohio. Bauer collection.

Condition: Excellent. Part of the backside is unifacial and concave. Part of the top side is convex. This area is just above the ears, and it creates a hump backed appearance that was surely designed into the tool.

Price: $35

 

Flint Ridge Dovetail - #1-5

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

Provenance: Found in Butler Township, Richland County. Collected by Dr. Gordon Meuser. Purchased from Doctor Meuser by Cliff Bauer as #35 in his collection on 12/11/1950 for $2.50. Cliff felt the piece was worth $3.50 at the time of purchase. Nice buy Cliff!!

Condition: Perfect. Muted out Flint Ridge with some colors (red, orange, purple) pushing through the deep patina. Can't do much better if you like to collect authentic relics.

Price: $SOLD> THANK YOU>

Bauer Catalog Page will be included with the piece.

 

Gnarled Up Bifurcate - #1-6

Size: 2" long x 1" wide.

Provenance: Ohio. Cliff Bauer Collection.

Condition: Excellent. This piece is all gnarled up, and off center. Despite a little ear nick, this piece was made this way, and meant to be used this way. Extremely great Mercer with many colors and quartz inclusions.

Price: $35

 

Sickle Bifurcate - #1-7

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

Provenance: Ohio. Bauer Collection.

Condition: Super. Just about perfect. I included this one to illustrate how the bifurcate makers many times resharpened in an off center pattern. This one looks like a sickle.

Price: $SOLD> THANK YOU>

 

White Flint Ridge Dovetail - #1-8

Size: 3 1/16" L x 1 5/16" W.

Provenance: Ohio. Cliff Bauer Collection. This piece came off one of the Bauer boards that contained some of the earliest pieces in Cliff's collection from the 1940's.

Condition: Perfect. Sides are not 100% perfect, but it is perfect in all the important areas, so I would rate it a 10. Excellent minerals, deep white patina. There is a little metal reminder from the wire from the board. This is the type of piece you need to go after to build a collection in this age of papered fakes dominating the market place if you want a collection that is actually old.

Price: $SOLD>THANK YOU>

 

Bifurcate - #4-9

Size: 2" L x 7/8" W

Provenance: Ohio. Bauer collection. F.P. Hill collection labeled #22596. Compare number to #1-2, which is #755 in the Hill collection. Kinda boggles your mind how many pieces were in that collection.

Condition: Good. Sticking with a theme here. Resharpened off center. Stack on backside.

Price: $25

 

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