A Fine, Ferruginous Slate Fantail Birdstone, From the Collection of Jan Sorgenfrei

Glacial Kame Culture / Late Archaic Period, 4000-1500 B.C.
Stark County, Ohio
6-3/8 in.

carved from reddish-brown ferruginous slate; the body is long and narrow with a graceful form terminating with a fantail.  The base retains two paper labels, one with the printed numbers 3995, and a later one with the hand inked notation Stark County, Ohio CDXD.

Collection History:
Gilbert Dilley, Akron, OH
Jan Sorgenfrei, Findlay, OH


Provenance: Ex Gilbert Dilley, Akron, OH; From the Collection of Jan Sorgenfrei, Ohio


The entire birdstone is covered with prehistoric scratches that are sometimes called “work marks” that were not entirely polished out. Otherwise, the condition of this example is excellent.  This example was found in Stark County Ohio and collected by Gilbert Dilley.  The Dilley collection was not well documented but some of the Dilley collection may be seen in Who’s Who in Indian Relics, Volume 1 page 29.


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