All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Fossils : Prehistorical item #1350951 (stock #2758)
Two beautiful Neanderthal flake cores from Fontmaure in France. Jasper, heights 3" and 2 3/4". Excellent condition. Beautiful patina and fine examples of the legendary Fontmaure jasper. Sold as a pair. 80,000-50,000 BCE.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1382259 (stock #2935)
Lovely example of a Clactonian scraper from Reculver Cliffs, Kent, England. Flint, excellent condition with a lovely, soft sea patina. Height 2 1/4". Excellent ergonomic design. Dates to approximately 450,000-350,000 BCE.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1376789 (stock #2762)
Beautiful, large Neanderthal multi-tool from Fontmaure, France. Jasper, height 3 3/4". Flawless condition, legal surface find, soft ground patina. Though a large flake tool, this particular lithic resembles in form and multiple functions a sort of modified axe. Descending from the burin tip on the distal end are two scraper edges, one a very masterfully retouched denticulate edge with a notch. This would seem, judging by the ergonomics, to have been made for a left hander...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1383166 (stock #1673)
Mode 1 Oldowan chopper on a pebble, hard hammer percussion. Flint, height 3 1/8". Legal surface find from Clare, Suffolk, England. Nice example of a mode 1 chopper that was summarily formed and takes full advantage of the natural ergonomics of the pebble. Heidelberg Man. Dates to approx. 650,000 BCE.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1392110 (stock #4341)
A pair of lower to Middle Paleolithic proto-axes from Reculver Cliffs, Kent, UK. Both flint, heights 2 7/8" and 3". Excellent condition, legal surface finds, both with excellent, soft ocean/ground patinas. The axe to the left in the photograph is a straightforward, Clactonian tool with one chopping edge removed from the otherwise intact pebble...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1381573 (stock #2275)
A large Mode 1 pebble tool on a flint nodule from Grand Pressigny, France. Excellent condition with a primarily cortex surface and a lovely, glossy ground patina on the exposed flint. 4 1/8"x 4". Legal find from a dried river channel. A straightforward hard hammer percussion technique (stone on stone) was used to make this pebble tool. Signs of use/wear along the edges of the exposed flint. Made by Heidelberg Man. Dates to 650,000 BCE.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1380021 (stock #3274)
Two Neanderthal burins or borers on flakes from Marbach, Germany. The larger is flint, the smaller is chert, heights 2 1/8" and 2 3/4". Both legal excavation finds in excellent condition. Both of these were struck from one end of a pebble, possibly to make a striking platform, and were then further refined into functional burins. The larger of the two has a lovely, glossy patina on the exposed flint, and one side is an abrupt scraper...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1377076 (stock #3792)
Heavy Neanderthal straight scraper on a flake. Jasper, from Fontmaure, France. Height 3 1/4". While the larger flaking on the two faces and the more refined flaking on the scraper edge are all quite clearly defined, the tool maker left the back edge only partially worked, apparently to take advantage of the natural ergonomics of the stone, which are quite good. Ergonomics on the proximal end are also quite well conceived. Dates to 80,000-50,000 BCE.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1376891 (stock #3151)
Two Neanderthal discoid scrapers from Grand-Pressigny, France. Auction purchase, no further find information. Heights 2 5/8" and 2 3/4". Both in excellent condition on the famous caramel colored flint from Grand-Pressigny. Both of these scrapers are on levallois flakes, the larger of the two (on the right) may have been a core tablet. Date to 80,000-50,000 BCE. Lovely, glossy ground patina on both.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1352677 (stock #4011)
Neanderthal burin. Jasper, height 3 1/4". Fontmaure, France, legal surface find. Beautiful burin or pic on a nice, green jasper. Fine ground patina. Burins were an extremely important tool during the Paleolithic as they were used to score bones to extract marrow, a major source of iron at the time. Dates to approximately 50,000 BCE.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1377632 (stock #4293)
A Neanderthal hammer or chopper from Fontmaure, France. Jasper, height 3 1/8". Excellent condition, legal surface find. Soft, semi-glossy ground patina. This is a fairly summarily executed lithic, obviously meant for some heavy duty use. One edge leading up to the distal tip is vaguely retouched to function as a chopper or saw blade (not quite a denticulate but not smooth or refined to a scraper edge, either) and the other edge is flat, made for a hand grip...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1353064 (stock #3430)
Large Neanderthal scraper on a Levallois flake. Flint, height 3 1/2". Grand-Pressigny, France. Legal surface find from a dried river bed. Missing one small chip at the proximal end, otherwise in excellent condition with a luminous river patina. Both edges are convex scrapers and exhibit fine retouches along the entire edge. Dates to approximately 80,000-50,000 BCE.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1352408 (stock #2786)
2 Neolithic blades, one a retouched knife/sickle, and one a blade blank. Flint, heights 5 1/2" and 6 5/8". Both in excellent condition, legal surface finds. Larger blades such as these were struck from the large flint pebbles found in the Grand-Pressigny region, leaving behind the large sculptural cores known as the "livres du beurre" (butter loaves) (see my stock numbers 2784, 2160 and 2249 for examples)...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1376790 (stock #1911)
Neanderthal Straight Scraper. From Fontmaure, France, jasper, height 2 1/2" at burin tip. In excellent condition, legal surface find with glossy ground patina. Interesting lithic, and I have seen this particular form of heavier flake tool a number of times from Fontmaure, with the burin tip in one corner, adjacent to the long straight scraper...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Pre 1980 item #1176106 (stock #B-19)
"Folk Traditions in Japanese Art" by Victor and Takako Hauge. 1978 First Edition, Kodansha. Clothbound Hard Cover with original dust jacket. 272 pages with 190 pages of color and B/W plates with full descriptions. Condition - New. "This book commemorates the first major traveling exhibition of objects drawn from Japan's great folk traditions...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1353710 (stock #1333)
A nice set of 6 Neolithic Willow-leaf blades or points from the Sahara. Flint, heights between 1 3/4" and 2 1/8". Auction purchase, point of origin unknown (I think probably Algeria or Morocco). All bifacially worked, all in excellent condition with fine varied patinas. Dating to approximately 3500 BCE.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1374768 (stock #2182)
Neolithic blade core, used as a hammer stone, Height 3 7/8". From an old German collection. Flint, excellent condition. Beautifully sculptural blade core. The upper end as the core appears in the photo was used as a hammer stone. This was an auction purchase as part of an old German collection, no dates or find location information was furnished. Probably originally from Germany or Denmark. 7500-4000 BCE.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1377613 (stock #2637)
Neanderthal burin or point from the Nordlinger Ries, Germany. Jasper, height 2 1/4". Legal excavation find in excellent condition. Soft, matte ground patina. Very well sculpted lithic. Although there is a slight concave scraper or shaft straightener on one edge, this lithic was essentially a single function burin or point. Dates to 100,000-80,000 BCE.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Ephemera : Photographs : Places : Pre 1900 item #1335463 (stock #TBD00220)
Albumen of three large columns and a couple of men in front of a large forum (?) with Mount Vesuvius in the distance mounted on grey stock. Excellent tones and sharp image. 7 38 inches tall and 9 ¼ inches wide (18.5 x 23.5 cm). Sheet 18 by 22 inches (46 x 56 cm).

Condition; excellent with minor surface scuffing to the image...

All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1353103 (stock #1385)
Neanderthal biface axe/scraper. Flint, height 2 5/8". Grand-Pressigny, France. Legal surface find. Excellent condition. Beautiful small multi-edged scraper. All edges are functional tools on this lithc, so that despite its small size it is comprised of a convex scraper, two straight scrapers, a nosed end scraper and a burin-like point. Excellent ergonomics for a small hand, suggesting that this might have been a child's tool. Dates to approximately 50,000 BCE.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1377950 (stock #2780)
Two flint blade cores from the Neolithic Linear Pottery (also called Linear Band Ware Culture) of central Europe. These date to 5500-4500 BCE...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1375387 (stock #M1103)
Lovely and large Neolithic "willow" blade from the Sahara region, probably Algeria. Flint, height 3 3/8", flawless condition. Bifacially worked. Purchased at auction and I have no collection data on it. Probably dates to 3500-2500 BCE.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1376315 (stock #2959)
Lovely, small Neanderthal convergent scraper on a flake from the Grand-Pressigny region, France. Height 2 1/2", made from the classic, caramel colored Grand-Pressigny flint. Excellent condition, legal surface find with beautiful, glossy ground patina. Exquisitely executed flaking on this scraper, the entire edge being finely retouched. The scraper also has a worked borer end. Missing one tiny chip on the proximal end. Dates to 80,000-50,000 BCE.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Prehistorical item #1352313 (stock #3098)
A group of 3 small, Native American Paleolithic cores from the Lima Lake bottomland, NW Adams County, Illinois. Chert, heights between 1 1/4" and 1 3/4". Part of a large group of artifacts purchased at auction in provenance from one ancient camp site. All three are asymmetric flake cores, with fine, luminous colors due to being buried in a rich, organic soil for centuries. Dating to approximately 8000-1000 BCE.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Contemporary item #631369 (stock #206)
We have been asked for copies of "Collecting Kachina Dolls 1880-1940" This edition is a hand-printed, transitional state before the third edition. Each copy is signed by the author, Alan Kessler, who holds the world record for a Kachina Doll sold at auction ($294,000), a Hopi Shalako Mana c. 1880 sold at Sotheby's, Native American Indian Art, Lot 20, Dec. 4, 1997.The second,Alan Kessler collection of great kachina dolls will be sold at Sotheby's,New York, May 8,2006 Collecting Kachina Dolls cons...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Numismatics : Pre 1980 item #1357505 (stock #1245)
Chinese aloeswood agarwood libaiton cup carved in the shape of magnolia flower. Dimension: 7" Width x 4" tall x 4" width , weight : 75.8 g Agarwood or aloeswood chénxiāng (沉香) is a fragrant dark resinous wood used in incense and perfume. It is formed in the heartwood of aquilaria trees when they become infected with a type of mould. Prior to infection, the heartwood is odourless, relatively light and pale coloured; however, as the infection progresses, the tree produces a dark ar...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Pre 1900 item #1018734 (stock #2099)
Vols. I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII and VIII of THE SHIBATA COLLECTION of Japanese porcelain from the early 17th to the mid 19th C. About 10" x 9.5". All in excellent nearly new condition. USPS Priority or Media Mail from Virginia at cost.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : Bindings : Fiction : Pre 1970 item #1177423 (stock #B-22)
Tu Tze-Chun by Naoko Matsubara. 1965 First Edition; Kodansha, Japan. Hardcover with cardboard slipcase covered in hand-laid Japanese paper, complete with wraparound paper band. Condition=Excellent, Collectible. "No one knows just how long ago the legend of Tu Tze-Chun came to Japan from China, but we do know tat it was retold some forty-odd years ago by Ryuunosuke Akutagawa (known best to Westerners for his popular story "Rashomon".), and that it has subsequently become an extraordinarily pop...
A brilliant mint state United States Morgan 1891-S silver dollar with exceptional eye appeal and outstanding luster. The coin was cleaned more than 45 years ago, but the re-toning is very appealing. The coin exhibits a sharp full detailed strike with exceptional detail in the feathers on the reverse and in the cheeks and hair on the obverse, and is virtually free of marks.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : Pre 1900 item #1167513 (stock #2050)
Four volumes in two books. “L’Empire Chinois” par Thomas Allom, avec les Descriptions par Clément Pelle, Fisher, Fils, Et Cie. Londres, Paris. This is Allom’s classic in its French addition with steel engravings featuring a title page in English, and in French. Front and Back cover have been replaced, otherwise the two books are in good condition. Thomas Allom — 1804-1872 was an English architect, artist, and topographical illustrator. He is remembered for numerous illustrations of ch...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Fine Art : Pre 1990 item #1176078 (stock #B-11)
"Surimono: Privately Published Japanese Prints in the Spencer Museum of Art" by Roger Keyes. 1984 First Edition, Kodansha. Clothbound Hardcover with Original Dust Jacket. Condition - New. 199 pages, 60 color plates, 186 B/W reproductions, entries on 268 images, and a comprehensive bibliography. "Keyes focuses on the collaboration between artists and poets. In delightful essays on sixty prints, he draws upon his extensive familiarity with history and legends, language and literature, customs and...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Pre 1980 item #1175905 (stock #B-1)
"Stoneware and Porcelain: The Art of High-Fired Pottery" by Daniel Rhodes. Chilton Books. Seventh Printing, January 1973 (original copyright 1959.) 217 pages. Clothbound hardcover. Good condition. Some clay residue on back cover. The classic text on history, clay bodies, glazes, kilns, and firing. Still popular today and well-used by potters around the world.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Wine and Related : Pre 1910 item #981804 (stock #gam-143)
Cheers from the road! An American silverplate folding cup in a covered alligator skin box made by Wm. G. Rodgers, circa 1901. The round shaped box holds a collapsible cup of four sections with hinged handle, marked with makers mark. The cup measures 3" tall extended and 2" diameter. The box measures 2 1/2" diameter x 1 3/4" high. The box is in excellent condition. Cup has minor wear to plate inside base. Toast the future with something from the past!
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Wine and Related : Pre 1900 item #605031 (stock #126-08 )
Attention wine lovers: this Victorian etched crystal decanter is classic. It is etched with a lovely classic star and key pattern, while the tall neck has 3 rows of cut hollows; on a molded foot ring with a large cut stopper; unmarked but probably old Baccarat. Quart size. Condition: excellent; one edge of the faceted stopper has a small chip. Measurement: 12" high (with stopper) x 6 " diam.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Wine and Related : Pre 1950 item #507394 (stock #2706-5)
This wonderful vintage set of 10 handblown crystal cocktail glasses and matching lidded pitcher make a handsome statement; ca.1930-1940, possibly made by the highly collectible Italian firm Venini, the glasses have a wonderful angular, modern style with applied turquoise knop stems. the large vintage clear crystal pitcher with lid has a contemporary look, unmarked; having a handblown graceful ribbed form on a knobbed pedestal, and beautiful applied rich turquoise finial, handle, and base. Condi...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Wine and Related : Pre 1900 item #605418 (stock #126-09)
This is a diminutive Victorian crystal decanter of oval shape with rich foliate scrolled etching above one row of cut hollows and an applied foot. It is pint size, and has an unusual diamond cut neck with a flared rim topped by a molded ribbed medallion stopper, unmarked but possibly Baccarat. Condition: decanter in very good condition; slight wear to base; stopper has a 3/8" chip. Measurements: 10 _" high x 4 _" diam.