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Here is a very nice and well used small mortar and pestle. It is hard to see the indentations on both sides of the mortar in the photos. The centers are about 1/4″ lower on the working areas. There is a nice polish from use in the middle of both sides and the outer edges still show the pecking from being shaped. This is a great and unusually small example. It was possibly made to be portable. The pestle was found a couple years later in the same field. That doesn’t necessarily mean they were ever a pair but they do seem to fit each others contour. The pestle has a nutting divot on it’s working side and has pecking from rough shaping still present. It also has a nice smoothing on the bottom from use. They display very well together.
This 150+ year old metal is a museum quality Civil War Relic. It is from the 76th Infantry Regiment of the Illinois Volunteer Union Army based out of Kankakee, Illinois. The 76th was mustered Aug. 22nd 1862 and had a long history in the Civil War including fighting under General Grant at several locations such as the seige of Vicksburg. It also fought under General Sherman at Jackson Mississippi where it lost 102 men, 16 of which were left on the field. The 76th fought in the last major battle of the war at Fort Blakely Alabama where it helped capture an intire Confererate garrison and suffered heavy lossed. Unfortunately that battle was fought hours after Lee had already surrendered The regiment then traveled to Chicago where it was disbanded on August 6,1865. Over 250 men were killed in battle and by disease it their 3 year tenure. I am sure this is worth much more than my asking price.
For more info :https://civilwarindex.com/armyil/76th_il_infantry.html
This is a very rare artifact. It as worn on the earlobe that was pierced to allow this to slide into place and held in place by the small grove. It is fashioned from a speckeled hardstone and is highly polished. The front side is rounded and very symmetrical. The back side has been flattened and is more oblong. Between the front and the back is a small grove on its entire circumference. This is a great example of Native American artwork and fashion.
This is an awesome Baily and Himes ball glove. This one is from the days of the baseball greats. The lack of a web and finger laces tell how old it is. It is in good condition with no rips or tears in the leather. It has normal use wear and the strap is in good shape. The leather remains soft and pliable but probably could use some oil. It even fits my big hand. This one is man cave material and worthy of top shelf display.
This is an amazing artifact. The photos don’t show it but the banded red slate has tiny flakes of mica throughout which causes the piece to sparkle in the light. It has a single hole that was drilled from one side making it probably from the Mound Builder Culture. It is very well made, symmetrical and highly polished. It also has awesome patina. There is an ancient nick on the side that appears to have been there from when it was made. The wear in the nick shows it was used long after the nick happened. This is an awesome piece. You will be amased by the glitter, If not you can always return it. I will try to get a better sunlight picture.
Here is an amazing find. I still remember my father’s excitement as he showed it to me proudly declaring that my uncle had “walked right over it”. They were looking for arrowheads together in Ohio when my dad saw it in my uncles row of beans and of course the younger brother never let him hear the end of that. It apears to me that the head and ears were shaped by pecking and polishing. Then eyes were carved into the head. I’m not sure of exactly what it is except really cool. It remains highly polished with heavy patina. There may also be some Red Ochre staining on the back.
Here is a very unusual carved ear spool. It was purchased in the late 1960’s as part of a collection of artifacts from the Pacific Northwest and the Alaskan Coast. It was very skillfully carved from old ivory and has a nice deep patination overall.
This is a very old Pre-Revolutionary War Era scrimshawed powder horn. It has the initials and date “PVD 1724” inscribed on the side as well as a naked woman. It is also decorated with copper stars and a cross. 1724 was the same year that Ben Franklin arrived in London.
Here is what was happening in the colonies in 1724:
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