A group of 5 smaller Neanderthal tools from Fontmaure, France. Jasper, heights between 2" and 3". Legal surface finds, all in excellent condition. Nice variety of multi-tools with a variety of finely retouched edges, from blades to scraper edges to denticulates. Dating to approximately 80,000-50,000 BCE.
2 Neanderthal flake cores. Jasper, heights 2 1/2" and 3". legal surface finds from a Dutch collection. Lovely, asymmetric flake cores on richly colored examples of Fontmaure jasper. Both are quite sculptural and in excellent condition. Dating to approximately 80,000-50,000 BCE.
2 eccentric Neanderthal scrapers. Jasper, height: both at 3". From Fontmaure, France, purchased from an older Dutch collection. The lithic on the left has what may be a chip missing at the top left in the photo. This is an old chip, well patinated. By it's form I do not think it was intentional to the piece and may be use-damage. The right side shows signs of use and was summarily knapped, hence it may have been made "in the field" for some specific function...
3 exquisite, smaller Native American Paleolithic tools. From the Suwanee River Basin, Northern Florida. Chert, heights between 1 7/8" and 2 1/2". In excellent condition, no damage to any of the three. Ex. collection Mike Buhler, ex. collection Michael Cottingham, Texas. Three exquisite, gem like smaller biface tools with excellent, finely done retouches along most edges, resulting in miniature masterpieces of multi-tool making...
Large Neanderthal convergent scraper on a Levallois flake. Flint, height 4 7/8". Flawless condition with fine, soft "ground" patina. Grand-Pressigny, France, legal surface find. Lovely, solid tool with excellent retouches along both sides. The top half of the left edge (visible in the right hand side of the photo) is a denticulate, or saw-like, edge. Beautiful leaf shaped lithic. Dates to approximately 50,000 BCE.
A group of 6 small flake blades from the Danish Mesolithic Maglemose culture. Flint, heights between 2" and 2 7/8". All in excellent condition. These were purchased at auction from an old German collection with no collection data. All are beautifully worked and patinated blades. There is a variety of different patina which leads me to believe that they are not all from the same site...
Large Neanderthal multi-tool on a flake. Flint, height 5". From the Grand-Pressigny region, France. Legal surface find. Lovely, finely patinated multi-tool with beautiful flaking along most of the edge of the lithic except the proximal end. In excellent condition with no damage. Dates to approximately 80,000-50,000 BCE.
Beautiful Neanderthal flake core found in an ancient river-bed of the Creuse River near Grand-Pressigny, France. Legal surface find. Flint, height 4 3/8". extremely old and beautifully patinated flake core on caramel colored flint. In excellent condition with no modern damage. Date to approximately 120,000-80,000 BCE.
4 Danish Mesolithic blades, Ertebolle-Ellerbek ("Kitchen Midden") culture. Flint, heights between 3 3/4" and 4 7/8". From a lot of Danish blades purchased at auction. All in excellent condition. The first and fourth blades both have finely worked notches.
Interesting group of 5 various tools from NW Adams County, Lima Lakes bottomlands area, Illinois. Legal finds from a construction site (details of find history are quite interesting and can be sent on request as it is too long to include here). Chert, heights between 2 3/8" and 2 3/4". All 5 tools are remarkably well worked and in excellent condition. The second from the left is a particularly interesting and complex multi-tool...
3 Neanderthal multi-tools on irregular Levallois flakes. From Fontmaure, France. Jasper, heights between 2 3/4" and 3 7/8". Legal surface finds. All in excellent condition. A fine grouping of ultra-thin irregular Levallois flakes, each with a variety of different, retouched blade and scraper edges. Beautiful Fontmaure jasper
Neanderthal biface hand axe. Flint, 3 1/4" by 2 1/2". Grand-Pressigny, France. Legal surface find. One small recent chip, slightly visible on left hand photo about 1/3 down on right. Exquisite, smaller hand axe on a soft, grey-brown semi-translucent flint. Beautifully executed lithic, with multiple different tool edges and a highly refined ergonomic form. Lovely axe!
Neolithic blade core from the Grand-Pressigny region, France. Flint, 5 3/8"x 4 1/2". Legal surface find. Beautiful, large and sculptural blade core from the Neolithic period on the famous, caramel colored Grand-Pressigny region flint. Excellent condition. Dating to approximately 5000 BCE.
A very rare and limited edition of six complete jade books in Chinese. Each volume features large and clear, beautiful color photos of rare jades that represent each period in Chinese history. The back pages of each book contain detailed descriptions of each jade. Excellent reference books for study and enjoyment.
Vol. 1) Earliest Jades
Vol. 2) Shang / Western Zhou
Vol. 3) Spring & Autumn Period / Warring States
Vol. 4) Qin/Han/Southern & Northern Dynasties
Stunning purplish red Burma Ruby 2.99ct, truly excellent clarity, rare and gorgeous colour, fully GIA certificated
4 Mesolithic tools from South Wiltshire, England. All legal surface finds. Beautiful, variegated flint, heights between 1 7/8" and 2 1/2". All in excellent condition. These tools represent a number of different tools: on the left a backed concave and convex scraper with 2 burins, next a convex scraper on a flake, third is a double blade with traces of cortex, and on the right a burin with 2 denticulate or saw edges.
3 Mesolithic/Neolithic scrapers from Manor Farm, Eccles Road, Quindenham, Norfolk, Norwich, England. From an auction lot of a large group of archaeological finds from Manor Farm. Flint, heights between 1 3/4" and 2". Excellent condition. 3 beautifully crafted smaller scrapers on gem-like, lustrous glossy black flint. Lovely group.
A group of 5 German Neolithic blades. I purchased these as part of an old German collection. No further information on them other than that they were found at a site on the Kleiner Ploner See (Little Ploner Lake) in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Flint, heights between 2 3/8" and 3 7/8". One minor chip on the 2nd blade from the right in the photo, otherwise intact. Lovely gem-like patina on beautifully colored flint. These are Neolithic blades.