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.
4 different flake tools found at Manor farm, Eccles Road, Quindenham, Norwich, Norfolk, England. From an auction lot of a large group of Manor farm archaeological finds. Flint, heights between 1 7/8" and 2 1/2". All in excellent condition. Nice variety of tools comprised of burins and scrapers. 3 on a fine, smoky-black flint, one on a variegated grey-brown flint. Gem-like patina.
3 tiny and attractive Neolithic discoid scrapers, found at Manor Farm, Eccles Road, Quindenham, Norwich, Norfolk, England. From an auction purchase of a large group of material from Manor Farm. Flint, heights between 1" and 1 1/4". Excellent, gem-like examples of micro-scrapers on beautiful smoky black and brown flint. Date to approximately 5000 BCE.
A group of 6 Danish Mesolithic blades from the Ertebolle-Ellerbek ("Kitchen Midden") culture. Flint, lengths between 2" and 3 1/4". The largest blade has a chip at the proximal end. All others are intact. All have retouched edges, making for a variety of blade or sickle type tools. Beautiful, variegated and semi-translucent flint. Dating to 5300-3900 BCE.
Beautifully colored Neanderthal backed blade. Surface find, Marbach, Germany. Chert, height 2 5/8". One small chip visible on the blade edge. Dating to approximately 50,000 BCE.
Twenty-three vintage black and white gelatin silver prints by the American photographer, writer and social activist Dorothy Norman (1905-1997), well known for her relationship to Alfred Stieglitz. With carbon copy of a typewritten manuscript (15 pages with some handwritten corrections in pencil) published 1957 in the College Art Journal Vol.16, No.2 (pages 100-108, with 7 pictures) under the title "Folk Art in Orissa, India - by Dorothy Norman"...
3 fine Neanderthal tools, one a blade with a burin and 2 multi-tools with various scraper edges. Fontmaure, France, jasper, heights between 2 3/8" and 3 3/8". Legal surface finds, all in excellent condition. Lovely patina on these 3. Approximately dating to 50,000 BCE.
Two lovely Neanderthal convergent scrapers with burins. Fontmaure, France, jasper, heights 2 1/4" and 2 1/2". Excellent condition with no modern damage. Purchased at auction with no collection data. "Convergent" scraper refers to the worked scraper edges converging on a point, usually but not always resulting in a burin. The burin was an important tool during the Paleolithic as it was frequently employed to score bones and obtain bone marrow, a vital source of iron...
Neolithic core hammer stone, Linear Band Pottery Culture, Bavaria. Flint, height 2 1/2". Approximately 5000 BCE. Excellent condition, gooid signs of overall usage, fine, creamy white patina with no damage. Lovely geometric quality to this hammer stone which the photographs do not do justice to. Dating to approximately 5000 BCE.
Neanderthal biface handaxe "a gibbosite". Flint, height 4 3/8". Fine axe, excellent condition. "A gibbosite" refers to a biface axe with a protuberance or extension along one edge, probably used as a crushing tool or hammer. If you look at the photo, you can see this on the left side of the left-hand photo as a slight extension that terminates as a flat edge...
Large Neanderthal multi-tool on flake, flint, height 4 1/2". Good overall condition with one small chip. Beautiful patina on a semi-translucent flint. The various edges of this tool have been reworked, giving it a variety of different types of scraper/saw edges. Surface find, Grand-Pressigny region, France. Approximate dates 80,000-50,000 BCE.
Neolithic hammer stone, flint, height 2 1/4". Fine and intact example of a hammer stone, the tool used to make stone tools. Excellent condition, showing all-over work patina. This came from an old English collection, I have no source data on it. I would estimate it to date to 4500-3500 BCE.