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Shield Style Bannerstone - Ferruginous Slate - #3-1

Size: 3 5/8" Long x 3 5/16" Wide.

Provenance: Found in Middlesex County, Connecticut. Acquired by Bryron Knoblock on 2/26/1928. This area sits outside of New York City, South of Hartford, and looks over the water at Long Island. Pictured in the seminal work Bannerstones of the North American Indian (1939), Page 248, #6. Center example, and only piece shown in cross section also.

Condition: Super. This type of bannerstone is extremely rare, and almost exclusively known from the North East. The only flaw is a small amount of hole blow-out that was prehistorically salvaged. This type of wear is seen on almost every example of this type. See book page below. Material is a a huge factor on this piece, and it's most beautiful feature. I am calling the material ferruginous slate, which is generally defined as the highest grade of huronian slate. The material is noted as being formed under higher pressure, which almost turns slate into a hardstone. It is also noted for creating great coloration. The piece does exhibit mutiple worm tracks, great color, and wonderful polish. The polish is so great on the ends that the stone appears "melted". In terms of authenticity, you won't find a single person to question this piece. It represents itself as old from across a room. In my opinion, this combination of rarity, history, and authenticity is the future for investment in prehistoric objects.


Picture from Bannerstones of the North American Indian (1939) Page 248 #6:


Preform Ball Banner - #3-2

Size: 2 5/8" diameter. It is not perfectly round, so measurement changes across the piece.

Provenance: This piece was found near Linnville, Licking County, Ohio. Collected and catalogued by famous collector AT Wehrl #3974W.

Condition: Super. The entire piece is polished and appears complete except for the hole. A great shelf artifact. There is some debate in my mind whether it is a ball banner or a pipe preform. I can give reasons for both.



Double Bit Axe Bannerstone - #3-3

Size: 3 7/8" long x 2 13/16" wide.

Provenance: Found in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, which is a border county with Columbiana County, Ohio. Originally collected by early(19th - Early 20th Century) and highly respected Chicago collector Phillip Schupp. Pictured in Bannerstones of the North American Indian (1939) Byron Knoblock, Page 332 #4.

Condition: Museum Grade. There is one very minor edge ding, but I would still class the piece in the Perfect range. It is too minor when taking this piece as a whole. Double Bit Axe banners are among the rarest of the rare in slate forms. I would estimate less than 100 known and documented examples. Wonderful banded slate material that pictures with a slight purple tint in places. Obviously, a top notch banner.



Conch Shell Pendant - #3-4

Size: 4 3/8" L x 1 5/8" Widest part of conch.

Provenance: Found in New Haven, Gallatin County, Illinois. Piece comes from the very old Cheeseboro collection that was broken up in the 1940's.

Condition: Perfect. No flaws, and is a better piece in hand. Just too many angles to get a single picture that captures what the piece represents. Outstanding patina. No brainer. Almost the entire piece shows surface wear and polish. I am highly attracted to this piece, and you should be also. Did I mention these are extremely rare?

Price: $400


Memo to Fakers: These eyes have been around a long time, but still can see.

Birdstone Eyes


Elliptical Gorget - #3-5

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

Provenance: Indiana. This piece was in Dale and Betty Roberts collection for many years.

Condition: Perfect. Super thin, wonderfully symmetrical, tallied all the way around, some gibberish engraving. In the realm of flat slate, this is a great example on the upper end of the food chain. It should be noted that this form can either be Glacial Kame or Adena. I feel this is from the Glacial Kame Culture, mostly based upon a wear pattern on one of the holes. I can discuss this trait with the buyer, but don't want to publish on a public website.



Hardstone Cone - #3-6

Size: 1 13/16" diameter x 1 1/16" tall.

Provenance: Found by Merlin Berberich pre-World War I around Mishawaka, IN. I purchased Merlin's collection many years ago, and this piece is one of the last I kept. I will include extensive provenance documents with relic, including a picture of Merlin with his pet ground hog in the 1920's.

Condition: Excellent. Two small areas of damage on bottom that are well polished/worn smooth. I "sold" this piece about 2 years ago. Pretty sure I even recieved a check. Only problem is I couldn't find the piece. Just found it about a month ago in a thick riker box that was put with empty frames. I can't remember who committed to the purchase, but it is back. Hardstone cones are rare.



Uniquely Salvaged Ball Bannerstone - #3-7

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

Provenance: Lost my catalog card, but can remember some things. Northern Ohio. X: Ed Stevens, Rob Dills, Jim Miller.

Condition: Super. This is a ball bannertone that split in half along the hole. The prehistoric owner then smoothed out the break, and drilled a hole in it. Presumably, this was done to make a pendant. There is also a chance that a later culture picked up the broken piece, and turned it into a pendant. This theory holds water b/c ball bannerstones and pendants do not line up in the same time period. Anyway you cut it, this is a very cool example of prehistoric salvage, and a very attractive artifact / conversation piece. I had this set to go into my personal collection, and changed my mind last minute. Will regret selling it.



Bar Amulet - #3-8

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

Provenance: Found by Merlin Berberich pre-World War I around Mishawaka, IN. I purchased Merlin's collection many years ago, and this piece is one of the last I kept. I will include extensive provenance documents with relic, including a picture of Merlin with his pet ground hog in the 1920's.

Condition: Super. The last one from this collection I plan on selling. Very nice black/orange/red banded slate. All holes intact, and no real damage to speak of. A very rare Glacial Kame type, and the kissing cousin to birdstones.



Bar Amulet - #3-9

Size: 3" long x 1" wide.

Provenance: Scioto County, Ohio. #535 in Dale Roberts collection.

Condition: Perfect. This is a very attractive relic. Wonderful artistic banding that centers a bullseye on the "hump" in the center of the piece. The hump and flared ends are very subtle on this piece. There is a also an interesting tap hole in between the two actual holes on one side. This tap hole is in a terrible place, and surely would have broken out if completed. No maker would do this after either of the two holes were produced. I tell you this, b/c of a long standing I have. I feel that tap holes represent symmetry markers for the maker while shaping the piece. If the tap holes turn out to be centered upon completion of the piece, they were completed. If not, they would drill in a different place. Anyway, that's my theory.

Price: $600


Pottery Trowel - #3-10

Size: 2 1/8" D x 2" tall

Provenance: Unknown. Found this in the bottom of a box of stone tools in a collection I purchased. Amazing it survived.

Condition: Good. Very few survive intact. A cool and rare important tool for pottery manufacturing.



Bullseye Banded Slate Boatstone - #3-11

Size: 2 9/16" long x 1 1/4" wide x 1 1/8" tall.

Provenance: Labeled Huron County, Ohio. Looks to be Stan Copeland's writing.

Condition: Excellent. Salvaged on one end. You can even see a notch cut into the end to help with suspension. The material is superior on this example. I called it a bulleseye, but it reminds of a shark's eye also. Clearly, the prehistoric maker worked this into the design, and lined it up in the center. Deeply scooped. Did I mention that the color, patina, and contrast of the slate is beautiful.



Modern Pipe Tomahawk - #3-12

Size: 17" Long. Pipe tomahawk is 7 1/4" long.

Provenance: Was in a collection I purchased a way's back. Had it in a drawer, time for a new owner.

Condition: I have no allusions that this is anything but a reproduction pipe tomahawk and handle. The beads are modern, and the head is obviously cast. Still, a very cool piece, and the handle is particularly well done. I haven't tested the pipe with any ceremonial offerings, but it does work.



Wisconsin Wing Preform - #3-13

Size: 5" Long x 4" Wide x 1 5/8" Thick.

Provenance: Found within a 50 mile radius of Clarinda, Iowa. Page or Taylor County. I purchased from finder, and will provide buyer with finder's information, and a letter from finder stating provenance.

Condition: Perfect, but unfinished. The green in this piece of porphry almost glows in the sunlight like an emerald. If complete, this piece would be right up among the greatest artifacts of all time. Certainly would be a top piece from the state of Iowa. Piece shows incredible heft and thickness. Fluted barrel on top and bottom.


Trapezoidal Pendant - #3-14

Size: 4 1/4" Long x 1 5/8" Wide.

Provenance: Knox County, Indiana. X: David Moore.

Condition: Perfect. Piece has some staining on it, that I would not recommend trying to remove. Excellent contrasting and artistic banding. Solid pendant.



Fluted Tube Bannerstone - #3-15

Size: 4" Long x 1 1/2" Wide.

Provenance: Huron County, Ohio. X: Theler, West, Moore, Stropes.

Condition: Excellent. There is blowout near the hole, which is seen on most authentic examples of this type. The damage occurs from use as an atl-atl weight. The area on this example is smoothed out/salvaged. This piece has a very nice flute on the bottom of it. Great surface patina in a dark colored slate.

Price: $300. Reserved.


Elongated Ball Bannerstone (Tube Bannerstone?) - #3-16

Size: 2 13/16" long x 1 3/4" Wide.

Provenance: Barholomew County, Indiana. Dan Stropes collection.

Condition: Excellent. A few plow scars across the piece. Do you think it might be real? This piece falls into the wonderful class of no brainer. Form is somewhere in between ball banner and tube banner.



Curved Pick Bannerstone - #3-17

Size: 4 1/4" Long x 2 1/2" Wide.

Provenance: Dan Stropes purchased from finders family in Indiana. Exact details to buyer.

Condition: Super. There is a small amount of salvaged damage on one point. The surface patina is a 10, and there is even some nonsensical engravings. The polish might go to 11. Smooth as silk across the whole surface. Great bullseye on one side with a nice wormtrack. Classy bannerstone.



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