Glacial Kame Culture, Late Archaic Period, 3000-500 B.C.
Madison County, Illinois
length 6.5 in.
Of dark green banded slate, where the banding follows the contours of the body; with an extraordinary 2.375 inches wide fantail.
This is a rare example, having exceptional length and extraordinary tail width. Only 12-15 examples of this form have been recorded. These birdstones range in length from approximately 6.5 inches to over 7 inches, with tails that can exceed two inches in width. Many of this style have been found in Indiana, a few in Ohio, and this example from Illinois.
W. P. Forse discovered this piece on December 11, 1914. Earl C. Townsend, Jr. acquired it for his collection in the mid-1950s from Kosmon Meyer of Peoria, Illinois, and retained it in his collection for nearly a half-century.
Birdstones of the North American Indian, Townsend, Earl C., 1959, pg. 371-D
Central States Archaeological Journal, Vol. 33, No. 4, 1986, pg. 338
Prehistoric American, Vol. 43, No. 4, 2009, (Birdstone Special Issue), pg. 40 and 81 (center)
William Smail, Lagootee, Illinios
Kosmon Meyer, Peoria, Illinios
Earl Townsend, Indianapolis, Indiana
Steve Fuller, Wooster, Ohio
James Johnston, Ashley, Ohio
Jan Sorgenfrei, Findlay, Ohio
Provenance:From the Collection of Jan Sorgenfrei, Findlay, Ohio
About 25% of the left side of the tail is restored. Also, there is some restoration at the front right corner of the base.
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