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California Charmstones Page 1

This page contains Ancient Native American Indian Charmstones from California, for Desert Charmstones, Crystals and Charmstones from other states please see our Bone & Shell pages (which includes Ornamental Stone items, such as stone beads and pendants.)
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Item: Type: Drilled Charmstone Provenance: Price
GBCS9 A very rare (in this condition) highly polished dark green,black and brown hardstone, drilled Recovered from San Joaquin County, California 950.00
Charmstone which is 99.99% perfect (negating a minor, modern diagonal surface scratch)
and which is a rare Museum Grade example of this enigmatic ancient Indian artifact.
Charmstones of this type are unique to California with other varieties (which are normally not Ex: Frank Latta
  drilled) of Charmstones found in Nevada. Simply a choice piece attributed to the Yokut tribe Ex: Pete Gallick
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Item: Type: Nevada Charmstone Provenance: Price
JCCS3 A highly unusual and very rare Nevada "ringed" Charmstone which is most fascinating because it's in its "rough shaping- Recovered from 300.00
stage form" which followed the pecking process for shaping, but which preceded the "polishing stage" to complete its Washoe Co., NV
manufacture. It's in perfect condition with all features defined, including the standard Nevada Charmstone "groove" at the
tip for hafting as well as the "neck ring" which was also used to facilitate hafting for suspension. The most interesting feature
of this rare artifact is that it retains the "pecking marks" from hours of painstaking work to complete its "shaping" before the
polishing process. A great study piece which adequately demonstrates the involved process to create this enigmatic artifact.
  Era: Early to Late Archaic Period - 2,500 to 3,000 years old
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Item: Type: Nevada Charmstone Provenance: Price
JCCS5 An absolutely gorgeous polished black schist Nevada "Ringed" Charmstone in absolutely Recovered from 300.00
perfect condition. It has the Nevadan-specific, typical channel groove as shown at the top Churchill Co., NV
of photo 4 as well as another trait unique to Nevadan Charmstones which is a "ring" around
it's tip. This is a VERY RARE artifact. To the best of my knowledge, there are only 2
states which have this type of artifact, California and Arizona, and for every 20 Californian
charmstones I see, I only see ONE Nevadan charmstone, making this a very rare item.
  Era: Early to Late Archaic Period - 2,500 to 3,000 years old
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Item: Type: Nevada Charmstone Provenance: Price
JCCS6 A highly unusual and very rare Nevada "ringed" Charmstone which is most fascinating because it's in Recovered from 300.00
between its "rough shaping-stage form" and the "polishing stage" which followed the pecking process for Washoe Co., NV
shaping to complete its manufacture. It's in perfect condition with all features defined, including the
standard Nevada Charmstone "groove" at the tip for hafting as well as the "neck ring" which was also used
to facilitate hafting for suspension. The most interesting feature of this rare artifact is that it retains the
"pecking marks" from hours of painstaking work to complete its "shaping" before the polishing process.
A great study piece which adequately demonstrates the involved process to create this enigmatic artifact.
  Era: Early to Late Archaic Period - 2,500 to 3,000 years old
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Item: Type: Nevada Atlatl Weight Partial Provenance: Price
JCCS7 A (relatively) HUGE and gorgeous mottled green marble Paleo Atlatl Weight Partial. From what is left of this rare Recovered from 300.00
artifact (exactly 50% of it's original length) one can easily conclude that this was created to hunt the BIG game Churchill Co., NV  
animals of the Paleo period. (Woolly Mammoths and their cousins) It has the typical bottom groove used to "set"
this one firmly against an atlatl shaft, as well as the end groove, used to bind this weight to the atlatl shaft. This is
quite a rare piece, and I wish the finder had found the other half. Quite unusual in size, material, age and form.
  Era: Paleo Period - 8,000 to 13,200 years old
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Item: Type: Nevada Charmstone Provenance: Price
JCCS9 An absolutely gorgeous polished black hardstone Nevada "Ringed" Charmstone in absolutely perfect Recovered from 450.00
condition. It has the Nevadan-specific, typical channel groove as shown at the top of photo 3 as well as Pershing Co., NV
another trait unique to Nevadan Charmstones which is a "ring" around it's tip. This is a VERY RARE artifact.
To the best of my knowledge, there are only 2 states which have this type of artifact, California and Arizona,
and for every 20 Californian charmstones I see, I only see ONE Nevadan charmstone, making this a very
rare item. Another interesting trait of Nevadan Charmstones, which is clearly shown with this artifact in photo
7, is the intentional "scoring" of the Charmstone's groove, to further facilitate solid adhesion to it's suspension
  Era: Early to Late Archaic Period - 2,500 to 3,000 years old

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
MHCS1583 A brown and gray hardstone scored Charmstone which shows all Recovered in 110.00
indications of having been in some sort of fire. The surfaces have Contra Costa Co., CA 75.00
surface cracks as shown in photos 5 through 9, and it has serious (more info to buyer)
fire popping around the notched suspension end. It has a slight
circular flat spot along it's waistline, shown in the center of photo 1. Ex: Michael Hough

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
MHCS1455 A mottled green steatite pierced Charmstone Found by L.L. Valdivia in SOLD
anciently missing a section of the surface above the Santa Barbara Co., CA  
suspension hole (photo5) and having a quite scuffed   
up surface from close brushes with farming machinery

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
ACCS1 A nice, fairly broad drilled gray Charm  Recovered on private farmland near 225.00
stone which has some slight surface pitting Alpaugh in Tulare Co., CA during the
but appears to be intact as it was made 1950's through 1960's
Attributed to the Yokuts Tribe. (More information to buyer)
Ex: Leon Taylor

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
ACCS19 A highly interesting green steatite drilled and  Recovered on private farmland near 350.00
scored Charmstone. This one has many many old Alpaugh in Tulare Co., CA during the
surface scratches, most of which are probably 1950's through 1960's
remnants from the manufacturing process (More information to buyer)
Ex: Leon Taylor

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
ACCS20 A nice mottled greenish-brown hardstone Recovered on private farmland near 225.00
stemmed Charmstone which is in very good Alpaugh in Tulare Co., CA during the
condition considering the farming environment 1950's through 1960's
where is was found (More information to buyer)
Ex: Leon Taylor

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
ACCS23 A mottled off-white and light gray vertically   Recovered on private farmland near 175.00
banded (layered) stemmed Charmstone. It has Alpaugh in Tulare Co., CA during the
slight surface scratching and a few small, shallow 1950's through 1960's
pit marks but is overall in very good condition (More information to buyer)
Ex: Leon Taylor

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
ACCS27 A green and black hardstone Recovered on private farmland near 300.00
stemmed Charmstone in Alpaugh in Tulare Co., CA during the
excellent condition 1950's through 1960's
(More information to buyer)
Ex: Leon Taylor

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
ACCS29 A very attractive green and black granite Recovered on private farmland near 225.00
knobbed Charmstone which has a bit of a flat Alpaugh in Tulare Co., CA during the
area on one side (right side in photo 2) and has 1950's through 1960's
a few slight, shallow surface nicks. (Left side (More information to buyer)
of photo 1) Ex: Leon Taylor

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
ACCS31 A fair-sized, quartzite drilled  Recovered on private farmland near 120.00
charmstone showing slight surface Alpaugh in Tulare Co., CA during the
chipping from farming equipment 1950's through 1960's
(More information to buyer)
Ex: Leon Taylor

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
GBCS8 A blue-gray schist drilled Recovered in 350.00
Charmstone having a rustic Sonoma Co., CA
surface. The base is a little bit
chipped (Photo 9) and it has a
suspension groove on the end
with the hole (Photos 7 & 8)

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
ACCS4 A very nice tan and gray hard stone stemmed Recovered on private farmland near 300.00
Charm stone having some surface scratching Alpaugh in Tulare Co., CA during the
from farming machinery, but basically intact 1950's through 1960's
as it was made and used long ago (More information to buyer)
Ex: Leon Taylor

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
ACCS6 Made from a rare material for Charm stones, this one is   Recovered on private farmland near 275.00
a most attractive white quartzite knobbed and grooved Alpaugh in Tulare Co., CA during the
Charm stone. It has a single, very thin and very shallow 1950's through 1960's
diagonal scratch to it's surface (left side of photo 2) and (More information to buyer)
it has a rougher surface at the base of the suspension
stem, but this is just as it was made. A very nice piece Ex: Leon Taylor

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
ACCS11 A dark gray hardstone grooved (on each end) Recovered on private farmland near 175.00
Charmstone. It has quite a few surface plow scars, Alpaugh in Tulare Co., CA during the
but is essentially intact and is quite a scarce item 1950's through 1960's
(More information to buyer)
Ex: Leon Taylor

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
ACCS13 A nice, highly polished light gray knobbed Recovered on private farmland near 225.00
Charmstone having slight surface plow Alpaugh in Tulare Co., CA during the
scars from farming machinery 1950's through 1960's
(More information to buyer)
Ex: Leon Taylor

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
ACCS15 An interesting very light gray hardstone knobbed  Recovered on private farmland near 160.00
Charmstone which has intentional flat sections to each Alpaugh in Tulare Co., CA during the
side. (Photo 2) The tip has slight chipping and it also 1950's through 1960's
has a few gouge marks, possibly caused by farming (More information to buyer)
equipment (Photo 5) Ex: Leon Taylor

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
ACCS16 A somewhat pitted greenish-gray hardstone Recovered on private farmland near 275.00
Charmstone having good alkali deposits and Alpaugh in Tulare Co., CA during the
ancient nicks to either end 1950's through 1960's
(More information to buyer)
Ex: Leon Taylor

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
ACCS21 A fairly large light brown sandstone Recovered on private farmland near 225.00
stemmed and knobbed Charmstone  Alpaugh in Tulare Co., CA during the
totally intact with the exception of a small 1950's through 1960's
(1/2") shallow surface nick (Photo 5) (More information to buyer)
Ex: Leon Taylor

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
ACCS22 A porous black hardstone stemmed Charmstone  Recovered on private farmland near 175.00
showing multiple surface scratches and dings from Alpaugh in Tulare Co., CA during the
farming machinery. Both ends have some nicks 1950's through 1960's
evident. (Photos 6 & 7) (More information to buyer)
Ex: Leon Taylor

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
ACCS34 A very nice, fully intact gray Recovered on private farmland near 200.00
stemmed charmstone Alpaugh in Tulare Co., CA during the
1950's through 1960's
(More information to buyer)
Ex: Leon Taylor

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
ACCS17 Now this one's a real heartbreaker, it's a beautiful mottled Recovered on private farmland near 150.00
tan and brown banded knobbed Charmstone which  Alpaugh in Tulare Co., CA during the
displays well on side A, but which is all chopped to heck 1950's through 1960's
on side B, probably by farming machinery over the ages (More information to buyer)
Ex: Leon Taylor

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
ACCS24 A nice, fully intact gray charmstone Recovered on private farmland near 175.00
having suspension grooves to either end Alpaugh in Tulare Co., CA during the
1950's through 1960's
(More information to buyer)
Ex: Leon Taylor

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
ACCS25 A gray steatite stemmed charmstone having  Recovered on private farmland near 110.00
substantial alkali encrustation and displaying Alpaugh in Tulare Co., CA during the
some chipping from farming machinery 1950's through 1960's
(More information to buyer)
Ex: Leon Taylor

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
ACCS33 A green hardstone diamond shaped charmstone Recovered on private farmland near 125.00
preform having slight plow scarring. An Alpaugh in Tulare Co., CA during the
interesting study in the charmstone technology 1950's through 1960's
(More information to buyer)
Ex: Leon Taylor

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
DGCS12 A very nice, quite symmetrical Recovered in 225.00
Charmstone having a couple of minor Petaluma, CA  
scrapes from farming equipment

Item: Type: Provenance: Price
ACCS45 A most attractive gray hardstone Recovered on private farmland near 225.00
California Charmstone. (Amazing, this Alpaugh in Tulare Co., CA during the
one totally escaped the plow blades!) 1950's through 1960's
(More information to buyer)
Ex: Leon Taylor

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