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Fox Field Polished Celt - #9-1

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

Provenance: Found at famous Fox Field Site, Mason County, KY by Dr. Sherman Glass. Pictured in Doc Glass book "Return to Fox Fields" Page 50. See picture below from book.

Condition: Special. Everyone knows the Fox Field Site, and how important it is to late prehistory in the Ohio River Valley. Generations of collectors have coveted treasures from the site, and here is one that is verified from the site. Not only verified, but these extremely fine and highly polished celts are a hallmark for Fox Field. More than one person has suggested they represent more of an offering than a tool. In my personal collection for several years.

Price: $250. Reserved.


Improved Order of Red Man Ceremony Axe - #9-2

Size: 4 3/8" long x 2 1/2" wide.

Provenance: Piece was in the Cliff Bauer collection. No history.

Condition: Special. This is not a prehistoric axe. This axe was made for a ranking member of the "Improved Order of Red Men". This fraternal organization was founded in 1834, and claim direct lineage to the Son's of Liberty who dressed as Indians during the Boston Tea Party. I have seen wood and metal axes from this group with similar style, but never one made from stone. My guess is that this points to an early date within the organization. The manufacture was accomplished using a metal file that shows faceting across the faces of the piece. The underside of the axe shows a good amount of wear from movement in the haft. The most exciting feature is the wonderful folk art Indian carved into the face of the axe. While simple, the engraver was clearly skilled, and captures the form extremely well. Having some knowledge in folk art styles, I am fairly confident the art work points to pre Civil War work. This is a unique item, and a personal favorite for the last 5 years.

Price: $300


Iron Axe - #9-3

Size: 7" long x 3 5/8" W.

Provenance: Unknown.

Condition: Perfect. Some rust. No idea how old it is. Maybe mid 1800's? Was in an artifact collection I purchased.



Mishawaka Poll Axe - #9-4

Size: 4 1/2" L x 2 5/8" W.

Provenance: Found around Mishawaka, Indiana by Merlin Berberich before WWI. One of the last items I have from this incredible collection I purchased many years ago. Many excellent provenance documents will be included with this piece.

Condition: Super. The bit has a couple small flea bites. Otherwise perfect. The "pole" axe is a rare type that is coveted by stone collectors. Most are found in the NW Ohio - NE Indiana area, which is exactly where this one was found. Buy it before I put it back on my shelf.



Celt - #9-5

Size: 3 5/8" long x 2 1/4" wide.

Provenance: Found in Ohio.

Condition: Super. Nice bit. Great polish on a highly beveled bit. Some old and salvaged damage on poll.



Strange Celt - #9-6

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

Provenance: Found in Northern Kentucky in the Ohio River Valley.

Condition: Excellent. Receives the name "strange", b/c I cannot figure out the material. My best guess is that it is cannal coal, but heavier and denser than most. Unusual and cool. Condition is better in hand than pics capture.



Adze - #9-7

Size: 5 5/8" long x 2 1/2" wide.

Provenance: Found in Indiana.

Condition: Excellent. One salvaged chip along the bit. Not well polished, but overall form is very nice, and has good size.


Polished Hardstone Pestle - #9-8

Size: 3 1/2" tall x 2 1/2" wide.

Provenance: Found in Ohio.

Condition: Excellent. Highly polished bell pestle that was heavily used in it's day. Used to the point that the wear removed 1/2 of the bell, and created an angle. Piece still stands up well.

Price: $25

Limonite Celt with higher grade hematite bit - #9-9

Size: 3 3/16" long x 1 7/8" wide.

Provenance: Illinois.

Condition: Excellent. This piece does not picture well, but shows great skill and smarts. The brownish end is limonite (low grade hematite). It is not particularly heavy, and shows large areas of pecking on the sides. However, the maker saw a higher grade hematite in the stone, and utilized the stone to make the bit out of the higher grade iron. The bit is perfect by my picky standards.

Price: $75


3/4 Grooved Hammerstone - #9-10

Size: 3 3/8" long x 2" wide

Provenance: Exact find locaton unknown. It is surely from Western Ohio, where 95% of these come from. There is old writing on the piece, but it is faded away beyond my ability to read it.

Condition: Good. A well used and staple tool in the Ohio Archaic tool kit.



Adze - #9-11

Size: 5 5/8" long x 2 1/8" wide.

Provenance: Ohio. X: Sedgwick.

Condition: Excellent. Well made with great polish from bit to about 1/3 up the piece. Remainder of piece has decent polish. Bit is nice, with one small chip on it. Would rate the bit as a high 7 of 10. Nice size for tool shape.



Two Iron Axes - #9-12

Size: Top piece is just under 7" long x 2 1/2" wide.

Provenance: Unknown.

Condition: Super. Neither piece exhibits damage. Let me be clear: I have no idea about these pieces as to age, and make no assertions. In fact, consider them as being made yesterday. As a guess, I would say the top example is older, b/c the bottom example has a seam running across it.



Trophy Poll Axe - #9-13

Size: 6 1/2" L x 3 1/4" tall

Provenance: Found in Warren County, Ohio. From and labeled #15454 in the old F.P. Hill collection Delaware, Ohio. Also, in the A.T. Wehrle collection. Cliff Bauer purchased axe at Wehrle estate Sale on 4/11/1956. Catalog page included.

Condition: Super. Made from a very unique speckled hardstone. I do not think this axe is a true Ohio Trophy Axe, although in today's collecting world, it will be called one down the line. It does have a trophy axe's poll style, which is how I describe the axe. "Trophy Poll". Hard to get a better lineage on an axe, and a true Ohio top shelf piece of hardstone.




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