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1

A Dalton Point, From the Collection of Richard Bourn, Sr., Old Saybrook, Connecticut

Paleo Indian Period, 13,000-7000 B.C.
St. Clair County, Illinois
length 4.75 in.

Estimate: $400 - $600
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$480
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A Dalton Point, From the Collection of Richard Bourn, Sr., Old Saybrook, Connecticut

Paleo Indian Period, 13,000-7000 B.C.
Illinois
length 5.5 in.

Estimate: $500 - $700
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$720
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A Sloan Dalton Point, From the Collection of Richard Bourn, Sr., Old Saybrook, Connecticut

Paleo Indian Period, 13,000-7000 B.C.
Lincoln County, Missouri
length 4.5 in.

Estimate: $400 - $600
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$738
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A Clovis Point, From the Collection of Richard Bourn, Sr., Old Saybrook, Connecticut

Paleo Indian Period, 13,000-7000 B.C.
Boulder County, Illinois
length 5.5 in.

Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$2,400
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An Agate Basin Point, From the Collection of Richard Bourn, Sr., Old Saybrook, Connecticut

Paleo Indian Period, 13,000-7,000 B.C.
Adams County, Illinois
length 6 in.

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$1,920
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A Sedalia Point AND A Knife River Flint, Agate Basin Drill, From the Collection of Richard Bourn, Sr., Old Saybrook, Connecticut

Paleo Indian Period, 13,000-7000 B.C. 
Iowa [215: drill]

Late Archaic Period, 4000-1000 B.C. 
Missouri [301: Sedalia]

lot of 2, longest 4 in.

Estimate: $400 - $600
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$277
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Estimate: $600 - $800
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$360
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Three Square Knives, From the Collection of Jon Anspaugh, Wapakoneta, Ohio

Paleo Indian Period, 13,000-7000 B.C.
lot of 3, longest 3.25 in.

Estimate: $500 - $700
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$300
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Three Paleo Points, From the Collection of Richard Bourn, Sr., Old Saybrook, Connecticut

Paleo Indian Period, 13,000-7000 B.C.
St. Louis County, Missouri [106]
unknown location [188]
Illinois [198]

lot of 3, longest 6 in.

Estimate: $300 - $500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$180
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11

Three Paleo Lances, From the Collection of Richard Bourn, Sr., Old Saybrook, Connecticut

Paleo Indian Period, 13,000-7000 B.C.
Jersey County, Illinois [365]
Wisconsin [152]
lot of 3, longest 4.5 in.

Estimate: $600 - $800
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$360
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12

Three Paleo Points, From the Collection of Richard Bourn, Sr., Old Saybrook, Connecticut

Paleo Indian Period, 13,000-7000 B.C.
Illinois [216]
Pike County, Illinois [320]
Scott County, Illinois [355]

lot of 3, longest 3.75 in.

Estimate: $300 - $500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$450
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Four Paleo Points, From the Collection of Jon Anspaugh, Wapakoneta, Ohio

Paleo Indian Period, 13,000-7000 B.C.
lot of 4, longest 3.75 in.

Estimate: $600 - $800
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$360
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Four Paleo Points, From the Collection of Richard Bourn, Sr., Old Saybrook, Connecticut

Paleo Indian Period, 13,000-7000 B.C.
Illinois [798]
Cooper County, Missouri [801]
two of unknown locations

lot of 4, longest 4.5 in.

Estimate: $400 - $600
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$240
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Four Coshocton Flint, Paleo Lances, From the Collection of Jon Anspaugh, Wapakoneta, Ohio

Paleo Indian Period, 13,000-7000 B.C.
lot of 4, longest 4.25 in.

Estimate: $600 - $800
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$250
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Five Paleo Points, From the Collection of Richard Bourn, Sr., Old Saybrook, Connecticut

Paleo Period, 13,000-7000 B.C.
Missouri [249]
Lee County, Illinois [331]
Ohio [345]
Kentucky [350]
Cedar County, Missouri [386]

lot of 5, longest 3 in.

Estimate: $500 - $700
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$300
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A Scottsbluff Point AND A Sedalia Point, From the Collection of Richard Bourn, Sr., Old Saybrook, Connecticut

Late Paleo - Early Archaic Period, 8000-6000 B.C. 
unknown location [414: Scottsbluff]

Late Archaic Period, 4000-1000 B.C. 
Scotts County, Illinois [302: Sedalia]

lot of 2, longest 5 in.

Estimate: $500 - $800
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$330
04/05/2019

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Two Thebes Points, From the Collection of Jon Anspaugh, Wapakoneta, Ohio

Early Archaic Period, 10,000-8000 B.C.
Fairfield County, Ohio [largest]
lot of 2, longest 3.5 in.

Estimate: $400 - $600
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$1,200
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Estimate: $300 - $500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$270
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Three Adena Flint Ridge, Leaf-Shaped Blades, From the Collection of Jon Anspaugh, Wapakoneta, Ohio

Adena Culture, Early Woodland Period, 800 B.C. - A.D. 1
lot of 3, longest 5 in.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$600
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21

A Cache of Adena Blades, The Smith Cache

Adena, Early Woodland Period, 1000 BC - AD 1
97 whole and 59 partial blades 
made from colorful and richly veined Flint Ridge flint
sizes range from 2-5/8 to 8.25 in.

The Adena Cache blade is an important diagnostic trait of the Adena Culture.  Some blades have been found in mounds, such as the William C. Mills discovery, where eleven blades were recovered during an excavation, near Chillicothe, Ohio in 1901.  Others though, have been found in caches of 3 to well over 300 blades, in locations far from known Adena habitation sites.  This was the case for the Smith Cache of Adena Blades. The 8-1/4 in. blade, in the center, is the longest recorded piece found.

William Smith, a farmer, discovered five large blades in 1968, while plowing his field. (The two large blades on either side of the large central blade are two of the original five found by Mr. Smith.)  The field was located east of Deshler, Ohio in the southwest corner of Wood County, near the north branch of Portage Creek.  Each spring, for the next ten years, he recovered more of these beautiful leaf-shaped blades.  

In 1978, well-known Ohio collectors, Jan Sorgenfrei of Findlay, Ohio and Pete Diller of Mt. Cory, Ohio, visited Smith, purchased the blades, and received permission to look for more.  Their shared efforts yielded about 150 complete and partial blades.  Most of the Diller portion was auctioned in 1988 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Likewise, many of the Sorgenfrei blades were sold privately and at auction.  Still, numerous other blades were being unearthed at the Smith site.  It is estimated that the Smith Cache originally contained 150 to 200 blades. 

Since its dispersal, Jim Beckman of West Milton, Ohio, has taken up the mantel to reassemble as much of the cache as possible.  By any standards this quest has been enormously successful.   Through auctions, letters, phone calls, and even rumors, Beckman has managed to locate and acquire over 100 whole, partial and pieces of the Smith Cache. 

In addition to the reuniting the blades, Beckman has carefully catalogued each piece with pertinent collection history, descriptive characteristics, and any restoration notations.  From his records, numerous notable artifact collections have housed specimens from the Smith Cache, including:

Jan Sorgenfrei, Findlay, Ohio
Pete Diller, Mt. Cory, Ohio
Paul Nussbaum, Pandora, Ohio
Richard Sisson, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Thomas Wetherill, Boston, Massachusetts
Billie Ford, Spencerville, Ohio
Patrick Keefe, Bethesda, Maryland
Bob McGreevey, Olmstead, Ohio
Jim Johnston, Ohio
Gary Fogelman, Turbotville, Pennsylvania
Rene Battinau, Edinburgh, Indiana
Howard Steere, Manchester Center, Vermont 

Notes About Condition:

It is very important for any potential purchaser of the Smith Cache to know and understand the overall condition of the cache and individual blades.  Mr. Beckman has objectively rated each piece in his cataloging with the following system.  

Beckman Ratings with Blade Estimates

1.     No Damage - 30
2.     Minor Damage - 46 (20 broken and glued)
3.     Average Damage -20 (15 broken and glued)
4.     Major Damage - 16 (15 broken and glued)
5.     Broken and Glued - (3 simply glued)

This information will be available for inspection.  For a full understanding of the Smith Cache, it is essential that these blades and the Beckman catalog be personally inspected before bidding begins.

References:

Beckman, Jim.  "The Smith Cache", Prehistoric Antiquities Quarterly, Vol. 16(4)
Holzapfel, Elaine.  "A Study of Prehistoric Flint Caches in the Ohio Area", Ohio Archaeologist, Vol. 43(3)
Mills, William C.,  "Excavation of the Adena Mound", Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Publications, Vol. 10
Sisson, Richard.  "The Art of Adena Cache Blades", The Ohio Archaeologist, 2005  Vol. 55(4): 4-8, illustrated pg. 93)

Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$24,000
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23

Hudson Bay Kettles, Deaccessioned from the Museum of the Fur Trade

lot of 4, all marked HBC on inside wall; wrought iron handles, (smallest to largest) height 7.5 x diameter 11.5 in.; height 11 in. x diameter 15.5 in.;  height 11.5 in. x diameter 16.5 in.; AND height 15.5 in. x diameter 23 in.
18th century

Estimate: $600 - $800
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$7,200
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24

Brass Trade Kettle, From the Collection of Thomas Amble, Minnesota

with iron rim and wrought iron handle, height 9.5 in. x diameter 15.75 in.
early 19th century

Estimate: $150 - $250
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$1,250
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French Spontoon Pike Point, From the Collection of Thomas Amble, Minnesota

forged blade with tightly curled, upturned flanges; medial groove on both sides of the long, narrow blade, overall length 14 in.
early 19th century

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$640
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English Pipe Tomahawk Head, From the Collection of Thomas Amble, Minnesota

forged blade with tapered bowl and decorative moldings, overall length 7.25 in., blade width 2 in.
ca 1800

With note: Found in Hahi's Barn by J.D. Craig when log barn was taken down in 1948; 2 miles west of Herkimer, N.Y., Mohawk Valley.

Estimate: $600 - $800
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$3,125
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27

William Parkes (English, act. 1770-1790) Pipe Tomahawk Head

forged iron blade, having ovoid opening and small flange on underside, overall length 8.75 in., width of blade 2.75 in.
second half 18th century

Listed in Peterson's American Indian Tomahawks:

Parke: The name appears on a pipe tomahawk of the second half of the 18th century, which also bears the British broad arrow.  This may be William Parks.


Parkes, William: England. Supplier to the Hudson's Bay Company, 1770-1790.
 

Peterson, Harold. American Indian Tomahawks (1971: 50)

Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$840
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English Cartouche Knife, From the Collection of Thomas Amble, Minnesota

having a brass handle with pierced decoration; iron blade, overall length 8.5 in.
early 19th century

Estimate: $600 - $800
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$563
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29

Great Lakes Crooked Knife with Sheath

blade crafted from a file and set into wood handle with copper wire; the gently curved handle has smooth surface and warm patina; edge of handle nicked with "tally" marks, overall length 8 in.; sheath composed of harness leather cut with a scalloped edge and embellished with brass tacks, length 6 in.
mid-19th century

Estimate: $500 - $600
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$390
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Great Lakes Crooked Knife

long narrow blade made from a file; hooked tip and attached to handle using a hide thong; handle with smooth surface and warm patina, overall length 10.75 in.
fourth quarter 19th century

Estimate: $400 - $600
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31

Carved Bone Jesuit Crucifix

IHS inscribed on reverse, length 2.75 in. x width 1 in.
mid-18th century


Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$1,500
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32

Delaware / Ottawa Black-Tanned Hide Bag and Wool Belt

sinew-sewn; design of bag arranged into three segments; the upper portion composed of alternating quilled red and white bands, having an underlying row of tin cones filled with red-dyed deer hair; the middle segment of pronged elements are placed above four bands of alternating colored quillwork; and finally, the third incorporates a wide zigzag line, length 9.5 in. x width 9.5 in.; PLUS a finely woven red wool belt, length 36 in. x width 2.5 in.
fourth quarter 18th century

The mythological structures which formed the world view of Great Lakes artists are reflected in the design of many objects...particularly in the division of the surfaces of objects into zones that parallel zones of the cosmos... visual imagery depends not only on the interpretation of individual motifs but also on the way these motifs are placed in relation to each other...

The three spatial zones incorporated in the design... correspond to the three levels of the universe.  On the upper surface we find images of Thunderbirds, in between are magical substances which have been granted to human beings for the use on the middle realm of earth, and on the underside are displayed images of the Underwater Panthers.  In their totality such bags can be seen as three-dimensional models of the forces that energizes the cosmos, arranged in ideal balance and order...

Pouches were containers for tobacco, personal medicines, and implements used in hunting and war.  Unlike medicine bundles, however, pouches were worn on the body.  Like the tattooed designs of guardian spirits that were very common in the early contact period, pouches were portable art.  They kept the potent representations of spirits on the body during travel, hunting and war.  More than any other genre of Great Lakes art, pouches display the full iconographic and stylistic range of the artistic tradition...

...the tendency toward extreme stylization and the use of abstract symbolic motifs also creates a certain ambiguity in individual works of art...bands of zigzag lines merge into wave patterns, the bodies of the Thunderbirds become hourglass forms and their linked wings fade into a single contour line.  The upper half of an Underwater Panther dissolves into rows of castellated lines that might also suggest the bottom halves of Thunderbird torsos
(Phillips 1984: 26-27).

1984. Phillips, Ruth. Patterns of Power. Ontario: Book Society of Canada, Ltd.

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$21,600
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