Group of 4 smaller and diverse Neanderthal tools. Jasper, heights between 2" and 2 1/2". Marbach, Germany. Legal site finds, all intact and in excellent condition, with the exception of the very tip of burin missing on the third tool from the left. Nice set of small but complex multi-tools on flakes. The lithic to the right is an excellent and still completely useable denticulate saw. Date to approximately 50,000 BCE.
A large coffee table book written by Desmond Eyles and Richard Dennis and published by Royal Doulton Tableware Ltd.,Stoke on Trent 1978. Minor spotting on the first page but otherwise in good condition. Colored photos with production numbers and in some cases, artists are noted.432pp
A nice large coin from theWarring States that can be used as a pendant. Size: Diameter. 4.1cm. Condition: Fine.
Neanderthal cleaver. Jasper, height 3 3/4". Fontmaure, France. From an old Dutch collection purchased at auction. Excellent condition. Beautifully designed and ergonomically sophisticated cleaver on a softer piece of jasper with large areas of cortex. The retouched cleaver edge is at the top in the photos. The proximal edge, at the bottom, is wider and allows for an excellent and very stable grip. Dates to approximately 50,000 BCE.
Large Neanderthal scraper on a flake, flint, height 4 1/4". Vallee de la Creuse, Grand-Pressigny region, France. Legal surface find from an old, dried riverbed. Excellent condition with a nice patina and large area of cortex. Fine retouches along the distal end and both edges. Dates to approximately 80,000-50,000 BCE.
Lovely, gemlike smaller Neanderthal biface axe. Flint, height 2 3/4". Grand-Pressigny region, France. Legal surface find. Beautifully crafted small axe, with a gem-like, glossy patina. One or two very minor chips, essentially undetectable. I have never been able to determine if the "missing" piece in the cortex area is damage or was part of the original concept for ergonomic reasons...
Large Neanderthal axe "a gibbosite". Lower Normandy (Calvados region), flint, height 5 1/8". Missing a few very minor chips. Purchased from a very old French collection at auction. Very nice example of an ax "a gibbosite", which refers to the extension on the axe visible to the lower left in the first photo. The remarkable ergonomic design of this axe indicates the work of a real master. Note, on the right hand photo, the flake removed just below the inventory number...
2 late Neolithic or mid bronze age hammer stones. Flint, heights 2" and 2 3/8". From a mid bronze age site at Great Barton, UK. Legal surface find. Both of these hammer stones exhibit extensive use, and are in excellent condition. The hammer stone on the left (with the number 3200 visible on it)shows evidence of having been heated, and may have been used as a pot-boily, to heat water or food. Uncertain as to dates on these, most likely later Neolithic, 2500-1500 BCE.
A group of 5 small but really interesting and fabulously worked Neanderthal multi-tools. Jasper, heights between 1 3/4" and 2 1/2". All legal site finds from the Marbach, Germany. Beautiful patinas on these tools. These tools, though small in size, exhibit some excellent examples of Neanderthal stone knapping and conceptualization of multi-tools. Since the Neanderthal were hunter gatherers, speed (hence lightness of tools carried) was important...
A group of 4 sculptural Neanderthal tools. Jasper, heights between 2 1/4" and 2 5/8". From the Marbach, Germany. Legal archaeological site finds. 4 diverse and very finely made tools, exhibiting a number of different functional edges, from burins to convex, straight and concave scraper edges. All in excellent condition with no modern damage. Dating to approximately 80,000-50,000 BCE.
Larger Neolithic blade core (livre du beurre, or butter loaf). Flint, height 7 1/8". Legal surface find, Grand-Pressigny region, France. Excellent condition- a large core with traces of the removal of several longer blade blanks (see my stock number 2786 for examples). Dates to approximately 8000-5000 BCE.
Neanderthal Sub-triangular biface axe. Flint, height 3 7/8". Legal surface find, Grand-Pressigny region, France. Overall excellent condition, one small chip on the right near the distal end. Interesting, art-brut sort of axe, apparently made using hard hammer percussion (stone on stone). Possibly a tool made in the field for some more immediate purpose. Dates to approximately 80,000-50,000 BCE.
A smaller refined Lower Paleolithic Acheulean biface axe. Flint, height 3 1/4". Legal surface find, Abilly, France. Probably very early Neanderthal. This axe is smaller than what one generally sees as being attributed to Heidelberg Man. Excellent condition with no modern damage. Tiny ridge areas of surface abrasion, luminous patina. Lovely, small and complex hand axe, showing the remarkable knapping skills of its maker. Dates to approximately 700,000-300,000 BCE.
Interesting and colorful group of 5 different Native American Paleolithic tools. Chert, heights between 1 7/8" and 2 3/8". All from the Lima Lake bottomland, NW Adams County, Illinois, purchased at auction and in provenance from a single ancient camp site. Very colorful and skillfully made group of tools with burins and various scraper and blade edges. The second and third from the left are partially worked biface tools, the other three are tools on flakes...
A group of 4 Native American Paleolithic flake cores. Chert, heights between 2" and 2 1/2". From a large group of material purchased at auction from a single camp site in the Lima Lake bottomland, NW Adams County, Illinois. All in excellent condition, with nice variegated colors due to being buried in rich organic soil for centuries. Dating to approximately 8000-1000 BCE.
Neanderthal partial biface axe. Flint, height 3 5/8". Legal surface find from near Grand-Pressigny, France (dried ancient riverbed of the Creuse River). Excellent condition, one small chip missing at proximal end of the axe. Beautiful, triangular axe with a luminous patina on the famous Grand-Pressigny caramel colored flint.
A group of 6 smaller English Neolithic tools and 1 core, all from England, near South Wiltshire and the Caple area, Sussex. Flint, heights between 1 3/16" and 2 1/4". All in excellent condition, all legal surface finds. Diverse group of small, very refined Neolithic tools with various blade, scrapers, and burins. lovely craftsmanship. Dating to approximately 8000-5000 BCE.
A group of 4 Mesolithic or Neolithic multi-tools from various locations in Europe. Flint, heights between 1 7/8" and 2 3/4". All in excellent condition. From an old German collection purchased at auction. No indication of origin was included with this group of tools. While Neo/Meso in form and craftsmanship, I am of the opinion that these are from either England or Jutland, in Denmark. Finely worked, complex tools. Still quite sharp! Dating to approximately 8000-5000 BCE.