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Bone, Shell and (Ornamental) Stone Page 1   Page 2 

This page contains Native American Indian "decorative" and ornamental relics made from bone, shell and stone materials. This includes bannerstones as well as gorgets and stone effigy items.
Please Note: For more bone and shell items which were specifically used as necklaces, please see our "Indian beads" page. For bone items used as weapons, such as Harpoons, bone arrowheads as well as bone tool items, such as Wedges, Awls and Pressure flaking tools, please see our Bone Tools pages.
Also CALIFORNIA CHARMSTONES HAVE BEEN MOVED TO THE NEW CHARMSTONE PAGES
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Item: Type: Rare Chumash Bead Inlaid Wand & Misc. Chumash Artifacts Provenance: Price
BEBO1 A GREAT little group of Chumash artifacts consisting of a VERY RARE Recovered from Goleta, CA, 1,500.00
Olivella drilled disk bead inlaid deer bone wand, a small pestle with asphaltum Santa Barbara Co., CA
residue and 2 asphaltum clumps which display basketry impressions. A most (MANY details to buyer,
unique offering having solid provenance from the finder in the 1920's including site map)
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Era: Developmental to Classic Phase - 600 to 1600 years old
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Item: Type: Shell inlaid Steatite Pendant Provenance: Price
BEBO2 An ultra-rare highly polished steatite drilled disk pendant having individually drilled and Recovered from Southern California, 1800.00
shaped olivella shell squares attached to it's surface on both sides by asphaltum. It also most likely from the Santa Barbara area
has etchings along it's edge and groove all around it's circumference. Obviously the
craftsmanship of a Chumash artisan. Sadly it has a couple of ancient chips to it's edges,
but this still doesn't take away the fact that this is a highly unusual and rare piece
Era: Classic to Late periods - 500 AD to 1800 AD
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Item: Type: Chumash Steatite Pendant Provenance: Price
BEBO3 A most unusual Chumash Steatite Pendant which was re-worked Recovered from Price Canyon 40.00
from the lip of a broken steatite vessel. Quite a unique piece in San Luis Obisbo Co., CA
Era: Circa 1500 BP
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Item: Type: Chumash Abalone Shell Dinner Plate Provenance: Price
BEBO4 A VERY rare and unique LARGE abalone shell dinner plate in outstanding condition Recovered from 2,500.00
and still having alsphaltum "plugs" to seal it for use, attributed to the Chumash Tribe. Santa Barbara, CA
This is an outstanding museum piece, and the first one we've ever seen and had the
honor to offer on the open market. It must have been used by tribal members who
had a superior standing within the tribe, sort of like someone's finest china plates
Era: Classic to Late periods - 500 AD to 1800 AD
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Item: Type: Drilled Bird Effigy Pendant Provenance: Price
TRBO1 A highly unusual and scarce green jadeite drilled Bird Effigy Pendant Provenance undocumented. 250.00
which is in perfect condition (Card from the Relic Room lists the finders only)
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Item: Type: Drilled Clam Shell Disc Pendant Provenance: Price
TRBO2 A highly unusual drilled Clam Shell Disc Pendant Recovered from 250.00
showing extreme age and patina to side A. Independence Co., AR
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Item: Type: Assorted Post-contact Artifacts Provenance: Price
BO174 This lot of 4 artifacts consists of 1 metal ring, 1 cylindrical stone bead having slight Recovered from the Decker Site on the Lower Columbia River near the town SOLD
damage to one end, 1 blue turquoise bead and a "nothing" rock, which is most likely of Warren, Oregon (details to buyer, this site is published in the O.A.S. 1962 & 2/16
a geofact not manufactured by the ancients, but it's included in this lot because it 1963, Oregon Archaeological Society's "Screenings" publication)
was recovered from this ancient site.
Era: Developmental to Classic Phase - 400 to 1500 years old
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Item: Type: Assorted Post-contact Artifacts Provenance: Price
BO175 A nice lot of 5 assorted artifacts which includes 1 copper tube bead, which is Recovered from the Decker Site on the Lower Columbia River near the town SOLD
creased in the center, 2 ground slate gaming pieces, 1 cylindrical bone bead of Warren, Oregon (details to buyer, this site is published in the O.A.S. 1962 & 2/16
and one teeny-tiny blue pony bead 1963, Oregon Archaeological Society's "Screenings" publication)
Era: Developmental to Classic Phase - 400 to 1500 years old
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Item: Type: Spindle Whorls Provenance: Price
RPBO19 A nice pair of terra cotta Spindle Whorls in excellent condition Recovered from Mexico (NFI) 50.00
  Ex: Greg Perino
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Item: Type: Iroquois Trade Items Provenance: Price
RPBO20 A most interesting group of 4 Iroquois artifacts consisting of a flattened brass decorative necklace plate having 7 Recovered from 125.00
drilled holes, a smaller hammered brass oval shaped pendant having a single drilled hole, a hammered brass "ring" Ontario, Canada (NFI)
which was most likely used as a pressure-fit clamp to hold together sections of an Arrow, and a highly polished
bone tube of unknown use, although this one has "score marks" indicative of bone sections used for hafting other
tools. The original label states that the metal artifacts were created from a post-contact Trade Kettle. Post
contact metallic items transformed by the Indians are quite scarce and desirable items, and all are quite unique.
Era: Historic Phase - ca. 1620 to 1640 A.D. Ex: Greg Perino
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Item: Type: 8 Early Buttons Provenance: Price
RPBO21 An interesting collection of 8 post-contact buttons in a variety of materials. Found by Greg Perino at various lodge 150.00
All of these are obviously quite old and the variety of styles is most interesting. sites along the Mississippi River
Era: Proto-historic to Historic Periods Ex: Greg Perino
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Item: Type: Etched Slate Disc Provenance: Price
RPBO22 An ultra-thin gray slate disc which has multiple score-marks and etchings on both faces Found by Greg Perino SOLD
in no particular pattern that I can discern. Because of the thin and delicate nature of this at Hugo Lake, OK 2/14
stone, I seriously doubt that it was used as a grinding anvil. My imagination just isn't
working tonite, otherwise I'd suggest some sort of exotic, ancient treasure map where
"X" marks the spot, then again, the "X" might have been the location of the ancient
owner's mother-in-laws lodge... a place to certainly avoid in his travels. Who knows? Ex: Greg Perino

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Item: Type: RARE Incised Californian Pendant Provenance: Price
SDBO1 An extremely rare ground slate incised, drilled and scored Pendant having a short length of Recovered from the Lower Klamath River in 4,000.00
twisted cordage attached with 2 Russian trade beads. It has a slight nick from one edge on NW California in 1913 (Detailed history to buyer)
side B and a slight nick to the end, but is otherwise in outstanding condition for the age. It
retains traces of red ochre in many of the incised triangular patterns on side A. The original
owner gave this a date of circa. 1870-1890, but I think that the pendant is much older and
that the cordage and trade beads were probably added during the later 1800's period
mentioned. Californian incised stone pendants are EXTREMELY RARE and this one is
listed on the COA as a "Museum quality piece"! Stermer COA
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Item: Type: Drilled Pebble Pendant Provenance: Price
RPBO18 An interesting dark red drilled Pebble Pendant which was shaped This unusual item was a cave find SOLD
and polished by it's creator. Quite a rare item, actually from Tecoloti, New Mexico 12/2
  Ex: Greg Perino
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Item: Type: Abalone Shell Pendant Provenance: Price
MHBO1603 A most attractive double-drilled abalone shell pendant in perfect condition. Coming from Recovered from the Hotchkiss Mound Site, 75.00
a well documented site, these are very scarce and in very short supply now-a-days. in Contra Costa Co., CA (details to buyer)
Era: Hotchkiss phase, dated between A.D. 1100 A.D. and 1300 A.D. Ex: Michael Hough
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Item: Type: Abalone Shell Pendant Provenance: Price
MHBO1607 A most attractive triple-drilled abalone shell pendant having 3 additional "decorative" drill marks Recovered from the Hotchkiss Mound Site, 120.00
along it's bottom edge. This jewel is in perfect condition and has a most intriguing array of in Contra Costa Co., CA (details to buyer)
rainbow colors, which, unfortunately my digital camera was unable to display accurately.
Coming from a well documented site, these are very scarce and in very short supply now-a-days.
Era: Hotchkiss phase, dated between A.D. 1100 A.D. and 1300 A.D. Ex: Michael Hough
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Item: Type: Abalone Shell Pendant Provenance: Price
MHBO1608 A most attractive drilled abalone shell pendant in perfect condition and has a most Recovered from the Hotchkiss Mound Site, SOLD
intriguing array of rainbow colors, which, unfortunately my digital camera was in Contra Costa Co., CA (details to buyer)  
unable to display accurately. Coming from a well documented site, these are very
scarce and in very short supply now-a-days.
Era: Hotchkiss phase, dated between A.D. 1100 A.D. and 1300 A.D. Ex: Michael Hough
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Item: Type: Abalone Shell Pendant Provenance: Price
MHBO1609 A most attractive single-drilled abalone shell pendant in perfect condition and Recovered from the Hotchkiss Mound Site, 75.00
having a most intriguing array of rainbow colors, which, unfortunately my digital in Contra Costa Co., CA (details to buyer)
camera was unable to display accurately. Coming from a well documented site,
these are very scarce and in very short supply now-a-days.
Era: Hotchkiss phase, dated between A.D. 1100 A.D. and 1300 A.D. Ex: Michael Hough
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Item: Type: Abalone Shell Pendant Provenance: Price
MHBO1611 A most attractive double-drilled abalone shell pendant which has slight roughness to one Recovered from the Hotchkiss Mound Site, 85.00
edge (right side in photo 2) but which is essentially "all there" as it was anciently made. It in Contra Costa Co., CA (details to buyer)
has diagonally banded rainbow colors which are simply outstanding. Coming from a well
documented site, these are very scarce and in very short supply now-a-days.
Era: Hotchkiss phase, dated between A.D. 1100 A.D. and 1300 A.D. Ex: Michael Hough

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Item: Type: Salvaged Pendant Provenance: Price
TDIBO637 A VERY facinating and quite unique polished black seatite Pendant which was "salvaged" Offered for sale by the original 600.00
from a broken wine-glass Pipe. I've seen and handled at least one other which was very finder who recovered this one 550.00
similar to this intriguing piece, but this example out-classes the other by a LONG mile, as it's in Gilliam County, Oregon
surface ground and incised patterns took a VERY high level of craftsmanship. Remarkably, it
still has red ochre paint in many of the etched marks. I can only surmise that the intricate
patterns on this artifact held a special significance to it's creator. dlip
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Item: Type: Double Drilled Stone Bead Spacer Provenance: Price
TDICR621 A highly unusual and rare double-drilled and polished gray slate Spacer, which Recovered from the Columbia 225.00
was strung with other beads to separate them in an attractive necklace. River near The Dalles, Oregon 195.00
Quite a rare item which is in perfect condition.
Era: Developmental to Classic Phase - 600 to 1600 years old Ex: Buckles dlcr

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Item: Type: Etched Pendant Provenance: Price
DFBO18 A highly unusual ground slate arrowhead shaped pendant having   Found in a garden near 150.00
  most unusual "micro" etchings. Obviously a "magic charm" worn Kettle Falls, WA in the  
  by an ancient Native American. I have no "factual basis" for this 1950's  
  statement, but from holding this stone, I get the distinct    
  impression that this was a "gift necklace" from an Indian Brave    
  to his intended wife. Whether my opinion is right or wrong, this    
  is still a very unique piece.    
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Item: Type: Scarce Grooved Columbia River Stone Pendant Provenance: Price
DABO22 A quite attractive and quite scarce grooved Columbia River Recovered on the 125.00
  stone pendant in perfect condition. Columbia River in  
    Washington  
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Item: Type: Scarce Grooved Columbia River Stone Pendant Provenance: Price
DABO23 A quite attractive and quite scarce grooved Columbia River Recovered on the 100.00
  stone pendant in perfect condition. Columbia River in  
    Washington  
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Item: Type: Scarce Grooved Columbia River Stone Pendant Provenance: Price
DABO24 A quite attractive and quite scarce grooved Columbia River Recovered on the 125.00
  stone pendant in perfect condition. Columbia River in  
    Washington  
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Item: Type: Scarce Grooved Columbia River Stone Pendant Provenance: Price
DABO26 A quite attractive and quite scarce grooved Columbia River Recovered on the 125.00
  stone pendant in perfect condition. Columbia River in  
    Washington  
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Item: Type: High Plains Bird Effigy Provenance: Price
ELBO3 An extremely rare speckled granite High Plains Whip-poor-will Found at Spiritwood 2,900.00
  bird effigy in very good condition. It comes with a Jeb Taylor Lake in the 1920's in  
  artifact evaluation dated 10/20/08. It measures 6.8” long  x Stuttsman County,  
  3.8” wide x 3.5” tall. North Dakota  
    Ex: Gary Leppart  
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Item: Type: Bone Hair Pin Provenance: Price
RPBO15 A very nicely made, medium-sized polished Recovered from the Pit SOLD
  bone Hair pin in excellent condition! River in Northeastern CA 1/14
    Ex: Greg Perino  

Item: Type: Fired Clay Idol/Effigy Provenance: Price
TSCBO4 A very unusual and VERY rare, nicely hand-shaped Anasazi fired clay anthropomorphic Recovered on a 3,500.00
  Idol/Human female effigy figure dating between 900 A.D. to 1050 A.D. This rare item private ranch near  
  measures 5" high x 2-1/2" wide and is actually a very dark chocolate brown/charcoal Chaco Canyon, Arizona  
  black in color, although I greatly lightened up the photos to show it's detail. This is a one-    
  of-a-kind museum piece folks, the likes of which I've never seen offered for sale in this size Stermer COA dlpo

Item: Type: Shell Gorget Provenance: Price
LSBO45 A very rare and seldom offered for sale small-sized double- Recovered from Casas 135.00
  drilled shell gorget. This one is a very attractive piece and with   Grandes, AZ by the  
  the exception of a small section chipped on one edge (center left Archaeologist Bob  
  side in photo 1) is in excellent condition. This one would make a Kelly during the 1970's  
  great addition to offset and add interest to a "frame of points".    

Item: Type: Shell Bracelet Provenance: Price
LSBO49 A nice, interesting worked clamshell bracelet in excellent Recovered from Casas 85.00
  condition. Items like this are quite scarce and seldom seen for Grandes, AZ by the  
  sale as they are quite delicate and few survived the ages of time. Archaeologist Bob  
    Kelly during the 1970's  

Item: Type: Campeloma shell bead Provenance: Price
RPBO14 A very old and somewhat rustic looking large pierced campeloma shell Recovered from the SOLD
  bead. This one is from the collection of the late Gregory Perino and Hacker South mound 2 2/27
  appear to be the same one pictured in the book "Illinois Hopewell and in Jersey Co., Illinois  
  late Woodland mounds, the excavations of Gregory Perino 1950-1975",    
  page 631 figure A. It comes with Mr. Perino's original artifact field    
  storage envelope which even lists the excavation quadrant information Ex: Greg Perino  

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