Probably Homo Habilis ("handyman"). From El Mrayer, Eastern Mauritania. Jasper, length 4 3/4". Excellent condition, intact, with a lovely, soft glossy desert patina. Although this is slightly more pic-like in form, it would generally be classified as an Acheulean biface axe.
There is constant disagreement as to dates of Habilis, and if what we consider Habilis was in fact a single species. Dates to approx. 1.7 million BCE.
Probably Homo Habilis ("handyman"). Ignimbrite, 2 1/8". Mauritania, probably El Mrayer region. Excellent and intact condition, glossy desert patina. There is constant disagreement as to dates of Habilis, and if what we consider Habilis was in fact a single species. Dates to approx. 1.9 million BC.
Probably Homo Ergaster ("workman"). Jasper, El Mrayer, Mauritania, length 5 1/2". In excellent condition with some crystal growth. Nice semi-glossy to glossy desert patina, irregular to both sides, indicating that it was probably wedged in somewhere and was more windblown on one side. Approx. 1.4 million BCE.
Probably Homo Ergaster ("workman"). Jasper, length 5 1/8". From El-Mrayer, Eastern Mauritania. Matte desert patina. Looks to be a softer jasper. Excellent condition with a very minor chip at the distal end. Great ergonomics. Approx. 1.6 million BCE.
Probably Homo Ergaster ("workman"). Red jasper, length 4 3/4". Libyan Desert. Excellent condition with a couple of tiny, ancient, now well patinated chips missing. This piece has a remarkable differential in patina- one side is a slightly glossy desert patina, the other is so high gloss that it looks like molten glass. Indicative that the lithic was probably wedged in place for a substantial length of time and hence the faces were exposed to unequal amounts of sand polishing. Approx...
Acheulean biface axe, probably Homo Ergaster ("workman"). Jasper, length 6 1/4". Very rare and spectacular axe from the Julbiat Mountain region of Mauritania. Very glossy, almost glass-like desert patina. Excellent condition and intact. Approx. 1.5 million BCE.
Indo Scythian silver tetradrachma coin, Azilizes 1 circa 57-35BCE. D: 25mm. Free Hong Kong Registered Airmail Shipping.
A large hard-hammer percussion biface axe, probably Heidelberg Man. Interesting multi-toned flint from the Grand-Pressigny region. In excellent condition with a fine, glossy ground patina. Legal surface find. Height 5 3/8". Lovely and very clearly defined large axe. Obviously meant for a large hand. The ergonomic flaking allows for a strong grip on the tool in a number of positions...
A large Neanderthal multi-tool from Fontmaure, France. Jasper, in excellent condition, height 4". Legal surface find with soft mat ground patina. This particular tool is a complex mix of functional edges. It is designed somewhat in the form of a backed blade with one thick side, allowing for a very secure grip. The other edges are flaked to create a thick chopper like edge, a narrower denticulate saw or scraper, and a very clearly defined concave scraper at one end...
An exceptional, large Neanderthal discoid scraper. Flint, in excellent condition. Height 4 3/8". Legal surface find from Grand-Pressigny, France. This particular lithic could be considered either a discoid scraper or an irregular partial biface axe. Continuous flaking around the edge, with a slight point at the distal end indicating that it may have been used as a cleaver as well. It also has an ingenious ergonomic structure imparting greater force when used as a striking tool...
Lower Paleolithic cleaver, Heidelberg Man. Flint, height 4". Excellent condition with a fine, luminous ground and river patina. Legal surface find from a dried channel of the Creuse river bed, Lesigny (Vienne) France. Hefty and solid cleaver with an excellent ergonomic structure and lovely soft polished patina. Date to approximately 450,000-350,000 BCE.
Collection of 10 dated Song Dynasty Coins (960-1119CE). I used to get these sets in from an old dealer in Macau, he has since sold them all and I can no longer acquire them. Dates and scale in enlargements. Ungraded but guaranteed to be authentic.
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.
Excellent example of a Lower Paleolithic Mode 1 Oldowan tool. Jasper, excellent condition with a fine, glossy ground patina. Legal surface find from the confluence of the Wornitz and Rhine rivers. Height 2 3/4". Hard hammer percussion, very sculptural and clearly defined lithic. Dates to approx. 450,000-350,000 BCE.
Beautifully sculptural mode 1 pebble tool on a flint nodule. Height 3 3/4", excellent condition. Legal surface find. Fine, sea washed patina. Heidelberg Man, dates to approximately 350,000 BCE.
Fine and ergonomically very well designed Neanderthal proto axe on a flake from Reculver, Kent, England. Legal surface find. Height 2 7/8". Lovely, soft ocean patina. excellent condition. The chip evident is the top right of the left hand view is either a very early chip or was part of the original design of the lithic. It has a nice series of percussion ripples indicating a very sharp and directed blow. Large area of cortex remaining. Dates to approximately 120,000-80,000 BCE.
A large mode 1 pebble tool on a flint nodule. Height 3 3/4". Excellent condition, legal shore find from Reculver, Kent, England. Soft sea patina. Very basic chopper/crusher, probably Heidelberg Man. Dates to approximately 500,000 BCE.
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.