A Large Knobbed Crescent Banded Slate Bannerstone, From the Collection of Jan Sorgenfrei, Ohio

Late Archaic Period, 4000-1500 B.C.
Preble County, Ohio
8-1/8 in.

green-banded slate with contrasting black bands and has a highly developed, refined, and almost delicate form; bears two inked inscriptions, one in white, Preble County, Ohio and on the opposite side in black 1559 Townsend, Preble Co. O.

Collection History:
Earl C. Townsend, Jr., Indianapolis, IN 
Jan Sorgenfrei, Findlay, OH

Provenance:Ex Earl C. Townsend, Jr., Indianapolis, IN; From the Collection of Jan Sorgenfrei, Ohio


Of the four Knobbed Crescents in the Sorgenfrei collection, this one is the centerpiece.  Unfortunately, like so many others, this bannerstone was broken into two large pieces at the perforation that have been glued together.  There are also spots of restoration along the line of the break to repair the places where small pieces of the slate have popped out when originally broken.  The delicate expanding knobs are intact. 

Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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