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Indian arrowheads and other ancient relics from the Far Western regions which includes the Great Basin

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Item: Type: Wintu Provenance: Price
MHFW1619 A fairly thin and very delicate blue-gray mouse obsidian Wintu Arrowhead which is Recovered from 75.00
well flaked on both faces by an experienced knapper, with very intricate serrated Shasta County, California
edge work and a needle tip. Quite an outstanding example of this scarcer type.
  Era: Developmental to Historic Phase - 200 to 1000 years old
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Item: Type: Northern Side-notched Provenance: Price
MHFW1621 A most unusual, translucent, somewhat opalescent obsidian Northern Side-notched arrowhead Found by Val Valdivia 150.00
which is thoroughly flaked on both faces by an experienced knapper with a nice hafting channel in Mineral County, Nevada
extending from the center of the basal edge on side A for a length of just under 1/2". It shows
very slight curvature from the form of the original flaked host stone. An exceptional example.
  Era: Early to Late Archaic Period - 3,000 to 9,000 years old
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Item: Type: Parman Provenance: Price
DFFW39 A nice, fairly large (for type) opaque black obsidian Parman Dart point From an older collection recovered from the 300.00
which is thoroughly flaked on both faces by an experienced knapper. The Columbia River in the Vantage to Priest Rapids areas
bottom of the base is flat, as a remnant from the original striking platform
from the host material. A very nice example of this most ancient type.
  Era: Early Archaic Period - 9,000 to 10,500 years old
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Item: Type: Calapooya Provenance: Price
RFFW1 A nice little arrowhead collector's "starter's set" consisting of 5 varied obsidian Recovered from Sherman, Oregon 50.00
Calapooya-type birdpoint Arrowheads, some showing slight damage. 10/13 ON-HOLD rf
Era: Developmental to Historic Phase - 200 to 1000 years old Ex: Richard Henry
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Item: Type: Rose Springs Provenance: Price
RFFW2 A nice pair of Rose Springs arrowheads, one made from black obsidian and one Recovered from Sherman, Oregon 30.00
made from mottled gray chert. A nice set for an arrowhead collector's "starter set"
Era: Developmental to Classic Phase - 600 to 1600 years old Ex: Richard Henry
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Item: Type: Elko Corner Notched Provenance: Price
RFFW3 A medium sized semi-translucent obsidian Elko Corner Notched Dart point which has seen Recovered from Sherman, Oregon 24.00
better days. It's thoroughly flaked on both faces by an experienced knapper, but lost both of
it's tangs in ancient times as well as having a nick to the bottom of the base. Priced accordingly.
Era: Transitional to Classic Phase - 600 to 1600 years old Ex: Richard Henry
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Item: Type: G10 Northern Side Notched Provenance: Price
RFFW36 YEOW! A VERY thin and superbly made opaque black obsidian Northern Side Notched Recovered from Oregon, 850.00
Arrowhead which is thoroughly and INTRICATELY flaked on both faces by a Master most likely in Lake County
knapper. This one is more than "just all there" with intricate serrated edgework. Davis grades
this one a G10 (perfect point) and I wholeheartedly agree. G10 points are VERY RARE!
Era: Early to Late Archaic Period - 3,000 to 9,000 years old Davis COA (G10) dlgp
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Item: Type: Elko Split-Stem Provenance: Price
RFFW37 A very thin, good-sized semi-translucent obsidian Elko Split-stem Arrowhead which is Recovered from Oregon, 375.00
thoroughly flaked on both faces by an advanced knapper. It has a few pronounced serrations to most likely in Lake County
the bottom of one edge, while the opposing edge has a hint of slightly worn-down serrations,
which makes me think that this one was used as a combination saw/knife blade. A most superb
example of this type, which Davis grades as a G9... which is pretty close to perfect.
Era: Developmental to Classic Phase - 600 to 1600 years old Davis COA (G9)
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Item: Type: G8 Northern Side Notched Provenance: Price
RFFW38 A pretty beefy, medium sized opaque black obsidian Northern Side Notched Dart point/Knife Recovered from Oregon, 850.00
blade showing the "classic form" for this beautiful type. It's thoroughly flaked on both faces by a most likely in Lake County
very advanced knapper who appears to have been "showing off" his skills. I can't totally account
for the G8 grade, except that it appears to have a "clip" from the tip of one basal tang (left side in
photo 4 and 6). Still quite a superb artifact in great condition considering it's substantial antiquity.
Era: Early to Late Archaic Period - 3,000 to 9,000 years old Davis COA (G8)
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Item: Type: Archaic Lanceolate Provenance: Price
RFFW4 An outstanding opaque black obsidian Archaic Lanceolate blade which is thoroughly Recovered from 250.00
flaked on both faces by an advanced knapper. I'm a little bit surprised that it doesn't have Sherman County, Oregon
basal grinding, but this is typical of later Archaic period pieces. From a microscopic
examination, this one appears to be "all there" as it was anciently made and used. Ex: Richard Henry
  Era: Middle to Late Archaic Period - 4,000 to 6,000 years old Stermer COA
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Item: Type: Eastgate Provenance: Price
RFFW5 A small, fairly thin, delicate and extremely well-made obsidian Eastgate Arrowhead Recovered from 65.00
which is thoroughly flaked on both faces by an advanced knapper. It appears to Sherman County, Oregon
have a spider bite to the tip, which "might" just be the way it was made.
  Era: Late Prehistoric Period - 700 to 1400 years old Stermer COA

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Item: Type: RARE Green Obsidian Triangular Knife blade Provenance: Price
DFFW31 Due to the scarcity of "Green Obsidian" artifacts, I have a VERY sneaky Recovered from 250.00
  suspicion that the ancients who knew about the "green obsidian quarry" SE Oregon 200.00
  kept it quite secret, even to the point of not trading this host material with during the 1960's  
  other tribes, as was normally the custom, at least this is my opinion from    
  what I've seen over many years of experience, and the very few times    
  we've handled Green Obsidian artifacts, which I can count on one hand.     
  This one is well made, and well used judging from the usage wear marks to    
  it's cutting edges and just an outstanding shade of true green. Stermer COA  

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Item: Type: Cascade Knife Provenance: Price
BEFW7 A fairly long and slender, well made semi-translucent obsidian Cascade Knife Recovered from Crump Lake 40.00
blade which is very well worked on both faces by an experienced knapper. in Lake Co., OR
Sadly it has a very ragged base, priced accordingly
Era: Archaic period - 4,000 to 8,000 years old
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Item: Type: Parman Provenance: Price
BEFW9 A fairly large (for type) black obsidian Parman Knife form which is well flaked Recovered from the Big Sur area 200.00
on both faces by an experienced knapper, although it has vertical steps on side in Monterey Co., CA 145.00
B where the host material resisted knapping attempts causing a truncation of the
flaking patterns. It has a slight clip to one edge of the tip as well as to the tip of
one tang. Still an impressive piece, with good basal grinding
Era: Early Archaic period - 9,000 to 10,500 years old Jackson COA
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Item: Type: Vandenberg Contracting Stem Dart Point Provenance: Price
BEFW10 An attractive and well made black obsidian Vandenberg Contracting Stem Dart Recovered from the Big Sur area 50.00
point which is thoroughly flaked on both faces by an advanced knapper. It has a in Monterey Co., CA 35.00
slight lateral chip to one edge near the tip (left side in photo 2) and the tip has a
bit of a spider bite as well. Still not a bad artifact
Era: Archaic to Developmental Phase - 1500 to 5000 years old
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Item: Type: Vandenberg Contracting Stem Knife Blade Provenance: Price
BEFW11 A very thin, well formed Vandenberg Contracting Stem Knife form which is thoroughly Recovered from the Big Sur area 45.00
and intricately flaked on both faces by an advanced knapper. It has a few edge dings in Monterey Co., CA 35.00
which appear to be more recent, probably due to improper storage, priced accordingly
Era: Archaic to Developmental Phase - 1500 to 5000 years old
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Item: Type: McGillivray Expanding Stem (Variant) Provenance: Price
BEFW12 A nice medium-sized black obsidian McGillivray Expanding Stem Arrowhead Recovered from the Big Sur area 35.00
variant. It's thoroughly flaked on both faces by a very advanced knapper and in Monterey Co., CA 10/21 ON-HOLD unk
shows signs of ancient re-work to the tip
Era: Archaic Period - 2,500 to 4,500 years old
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Item: Type: Vandenberg Contracting Stem Arrowhead Provenance: Price
BEFW15 A very nice silicified palm wood Vandenberg Contracting Stem Arrowhead Recovered from Central CA 50.00
which is well worked on both faces. This is quite a rare host material for artifacts 25.00
Era: Archaic to Developmental Phase - 1500 to 4500 years old Stermer COA

 

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Item: Type: Vandenberg Contracting Stem Knife Form Provenance: Price
SDFW4 A gorgeous and very long "pure" Monterey chert Vandenberg Contracting Recovered from Pebble Beach, 850.00
Stem Knife form which is thoroughly flaked on both faces by a very Monterey County, California, 500.00
advanced knapper and has very minute pressure flaking patterns along one Additional information to buyer
edge on side A (left side in photo 1) as well as an apiculate needle tip. It has
a small crescent shaped lateral usage dig to one edge, just above the hafting 
line (left side in photo 1), but is otherwise "all there" as it was anciently made
and used. (Monterey chert is normally "layered" with chalky white sections,
but this one doesn't have the "layering", and is "pure" dark brown Monterey
chert, an unusual feature for this host material) A very outstanding specimen!
Era: Archaic to Developmental Phase - 1500 to 5000 years old Stermer COA
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Item: Type: Diablo Canyon Side Notched Knife Form Provenance: Price
SDFW1 An outstanding semi-translucent speckled Monterey chert Diablo Canyon Recovered from 750.00
Side Notched Knife Form which is well flaked on both faces by an Monterey County, CA 450.00
intermediate knapper. It's a good-sized piece made from a most unusual
type of speckled Monterey chert which closely resembles agate.
(Jackson types this one as a Merrybell type 2) Jackson COA
Era: Archaic Period - 5500 to 8000 years old Stermer COA
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Item: Type: Ultra Rare Ano Nuevo Dart Point Provenance: Price
SDFW3 An ultra rare (due to material) butterscotch Monterey chert Ano Nuevo dart point Recovered from Goleta California 700.00
which has good and thorough flaking patterns on both faces. It has a very small section during the 1940's 350.00
of the layered chert which weathered away, show at 3:30 on the right edge in photo 2.  
Additionally it has nice sun bleaching on one face and is just a very attractive piece.
(The printers of Overstreet's catalog goofed BIG time on the pricing with this type of
point, by reverting to prices VERY out-dated in their last publication)
Era: Late Archaic Period - 2500 to 2950 years old Ex: Al Biltka
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Item: Type: Red Obsidian Pinto Basin Provenance: Price
DFFW34 A highly unusual reddish-mahogany obsidian Pinto Basin Arrowhead which is VERY Found during the early 1900's 200.00
thoroughly flaked on both faces by a most experienced knapper. It has a spider bite to the in Minidoka Co., ID
tip and a spider-bite sized lateral nick from the tip, but under microscopic examination,
other than these, it's "all there" and a most attractive point in an almost rare material
Era: Early to Late Archaic Period - 2,650 to 8,000 years old
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Item: Type: Jasper Cascade Knife Blade Provenance: Price
DFFW35 A very sturdy, colorful and well made purple, red and tan jasper Cascade Knife Blade Found near the Snake River 500.00
which has very thorough and intricate flaking patterns to both faces and a slender 3/4" in Idaho during the 1960's 450.00
long pressure flute from the base on side A to facilitate hafting. The very tip is rounded
off, in what might have been an ancient lateral shear, still a very choice, attractive piece
Era: Early Archaic Period - 4,000 to 8,000 years old
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Item: Type: Cascade Dagger/Knife Provenance: Price
JAFW53 A most unusual, very sturdy and slender opaque black obsidian Cascade Dagger- Recovered from 450.00
Knife blade having a series of blue-gray diagonally banded sections through and Deschutes County, Oregon
through. It's thoroughly and systematically flaked on both faces in an oblique
transverse fashion, but, to a median ridge!!! Obviously created by a very advanced
knapper, this one has the additional trait of slight desert polishing on side B. It has
light basal grinding and is "all there" as it was anciently made and used
Era: Early Archaic Period - 4,000 to 8,000 years old Ex: William Ruether
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Item: Type: Archaic Stemmed Knife Blade Provenance: Price
JAFW54 A fairly slender and thick black obsidian Archaic Stemmed Knife Blade which is Recovered from 225.00
thoroughly flaked on both faces by an experienced knapper. The bottom of the base is Lake County, Oregon
flat, most likely by design and the very tip has a more recent nick. Still an intriguing piece.
Era: Early Archaic Period - 4,000 to 8,000 years old Ex: Vernon Immell
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Item: Type: Cascade Knife Provenance: Price
JAFW56 A slightly crude black obsidian Cascade Knife blade which has mostly remnants of percussion flaking Recovered from 150.00
patterns in the center of both faces with good secondary pressure flaking to all of it's cutting edges, Harney County, Oregon
created by a novice knapper. It has good desert polish on side A and a thin film ground debris layer
covering all of side B, most likely from sitting along a dried up lake bed for countless years. It has an
ancient knick to the tip of the base (photo 7) and a couple of more recent nicks to it's edges. (photo 6)
It also has numerous ledges and one serious stack on side A (right side near the tip in photo 1 and
closeup in photo 5) where the host material resisted an inexperienced knappers flaking attempts.
Era: Early Archaic Period - 4,000 to 8,000 years old Ex: Paul Davidson
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Item: Type: Bi-pointed Cascade Dagger/Knife Provenance: Price
JAFW57 A slender and thick semi-translucent, somewhat opalescent obsidian bi-pointed Cascade Recovered from Catlow Valley 125.00
Dagger/Knife Blade which is fairly well flaked on both faces by a novice knapper. It retains 2 near French Glenn, Oregon
percussion flake scars on side B, but all other areas are thoroughly flaked by a novice knapper.
It has very slight ancient nicking to both points. Still a most ancient piece, priced to sell
Era: Early Archaic Period - 4,000 to 8,000 years old Ex: Pat Culp
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Item: Type: Bi-pointed Cascade Knife Provenance: Price
JAFW58 An extremely crude black basalt bi-pointed Cascade Knife blade which is thoroughly Recovered from 75.00
worked on both faces by an almost intermediate knapper working with a VERY Lake County, Oregon
inferior host material. It has numerous ledges on both faces where the flaking attempts
terminated. It also shows substantial desert polish and has an ancient nick to the tip.
(photos 5 & 7) Interesting for it's crudeness alone as an ancient stone-age tool.
Era: Early Archaic Period - 4,000 to 8,000 years old Ex: Vernon Immell
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Item: Type: Nightfire Knife Provenance: Price
JAFW59 A fairly thin (for it's size) and very worked-down black basalt Nightfire Knife Blade which is Recovered from 200.00
thoroughly flaked on both faces by an intermediate knapper and which shows good desert Lake County, Oregon
polish to both faces. The very tip has an ancient spider bite and the bottom of the stem (photos
6 & 8) is "snapped", quite possibly by the snap-base method of knapping manufacture. One
edge (right side in photo 1) shows how ancient re-sharpening modified it's form
Era: Early to Mid-Archaic Period - 4,000 to 7,000 years old Ex: Vernon Immell dlft - dlfw
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Item: Type: Wahmuza Knife Blade Provenance: Price
JAFW60 A nice, long black obsidian Wahmuza Knife Blade having a most interesting Recovered from the 300.00
diagonal light gray section on side A, above the centerline. (Photos 1 & 4) It's Columbia River in Oregon
thoroughly flaked on both faces with a LOT of ancient re-sharpening secondary
pressure flaking to all of it's cutting edges. Quite an attractive piece, actually
Era: Developmental to Early Historic Phase - 500 to 1500 years old Ex: William Ruether
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Item: Type: Cascade Knife Provenance: Price
JAFW61 A very attractive glossy black obsidian Cascade Knife Blade which is quite sturdy and a Recovered from the 200.00
little bit on the thick side, created by an intermediate knapper it shows thorough flaking Columbia River in Oregon
patterns to both faces. Side B is just a tad more rugged than side A, having a couple of
knapping terminating ledges. Side B also has a thin frosty alkali deposit layer from this
ancient beauty setting on the edges of a dried-up lake bed Overall, a nice ancient specimen
Era: Early Archaic Period - 4,000 to 8,000 years old Ex: William Ruether
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Item: Type: Cascade Knife Provenance: Price
JAFW62 A nice, somewhat thick blue-gray dacite Cascade Knife Blade which is well Recovered from 40.00
flaked on both faces in a random pattern. It has a lateral shear traveling for 1/2" Lake County, Oregon
from the tip down one edge (right side in photo 1, close up in photos 4 & 6) and
the base is flat, probably as it was made. (photos 5 & 7)
Era: Early Archaic Period - 4,000 to 8,000 years old Ex: Vernon Immell
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Item: Type: Rose Springs Stemmed Provenance: Price
JAFW66 Now this one's a little sweetheart of a point, a translucent horizontally banded black and Recovered from 30.00
clear obsidian Rose Springs Stemmed Arrowhead which is thoroughly flaked on both faces Lake County, Oregon
by an intermediate knapper. The form is asymmetrical and it has an ancient nick to the tip,
but the highly unusual banding of the host material still make this one quite a special point
Era: Developmental to Classic Phase - 600 to 1600 years old Ex: Vernon Immell
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Item: Type: Archaic Stemmed Drill Provenance: Price
JAFW69 A very sturdy blue-gray dacite Archaic Stemmed drill which is fairly well flaked Recovered from 65.00
on both faces with more detailed flaking patterns on the working shank. It has a Harney County, Oregon
nice pressure flute on side A and 2 pressure flutes on side B to facilitate a sturdy
binding to the rotating shaft. This looks to be a heavy duty, work horse of a drill
which appears to be "all there" as it was anciently made and used.
Era: Early to Late Archaic Period - 2,650 to 8,000 years old Ex: Paul Davidson
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Item: Type: Columbia Plateau Provenance: Price
JAFW70 A very thin translucent obsidian Columbia Plateau Arrowhead which is well Recovered from the 24.00
flaked on both faces with a needle tip to boot. It has an ancient nick to the base Columbia River in Oregon
as well as to the tip of one barb. Still not a bad looker for the money
Era: Classic to Historic Phase - 200 to 500 years old Ex: William Ruether
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Item: Type: Merrybell Provenance: Price
JAFW72 A black river polished obsidian Merrybell Arrowhead which is very well flaked on both Recovered from 40.00
faces by an upper-intermediate knapper and which has a diagonal hafting stop ledge on Lake County, Oregon
side B (photo 4) The edge of the basal bulb is irregular from ancient chipping and the
tips of the barbs are also anciently nicked. I think that the most interesting feature of this
piece is the difference in patination from side a to side B. Quite an ancient piece
Era: Late Archaic to Transitional Phase - 1,750 to 2,500 years old Ex: Vernon Immell
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Item: Type: Cascade Shouldered Dart Point Provenance: Price
JAFW73 A nice semi-translucent obsidian Cascade Shouldered Dart point which is Recovered from 75.00
thoroughly if not intricately flaked on both faces by an advanced knapper. Lake County, Oregon
It has an ancient flea bite to the tip and a slight ancient nick to one corner
of the base, but is still a most attractive artifact
Era: Early Archaic Period - 4,000 to 8,000 years old Ex: Vernon Immell
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Item: Type: Archaic Stemmed Drill Provenance: Price
JAFW75 Now this one's pretty neat. A semi-translucent obsidian Archaic Stemmed Drill Recovered from 35.00
which shows minimal working to the basal area, but quite intricate flaking Harney County, Oregon
patterns to the working shaft. The very tip has a very slight lateral nick, but other
than that, this one appears to be intact, as it was anciently made and used
Era: Early to Late Archaic Period - 2,650 to 8,000 years old Ex: Paul Davidson
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Item: Type: Elko Corner Notched Provenance: Price
JAFW76 A nice medium-sized semi-translucent vertically banded duo-flow obsidian Elko Corner Notched Dart Recovered from 75.00
Point which is very well made and thoroughly flaked on both faces by a very advanced knapper. The tip is Harney County, Oregon
rounded off, probably from an ancient nick, and the very tips of both barbs appear to have slight ancient
nicking. The bottom edge of the base, although somewhat irregular, appears to have been made with the
single "dip" to the edge, possibly by an overly aggressive pressure flaking attempt by the knapper. It also
shows quite minute edge serrations, to what purpose, I haven't a clue, but under microscopic examination,
one edge's serrations (left side in photo 2) show wear marks typical of an item which doubled in use as a
saw blade. Overall, quite an attractive item
Era: Late Archaic to Developmental Phase - 1,200 to 3,500 years old Ex: Pat Culp

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