The Van Buren, MI Birdstone
3 7/8" Lizard Effigy. Meuser3" Hornstone Lost Lake.  KY
Gwynneville, IN, United States
DoneSep 14, 2013 2:00 PM UTC

Prehistoric Artifact Auction

All items being offered in this auction are from the collection of Earl C. Townsend, Jr. Mr. Townsend assembled the finest collection of Prehistoric Artifacts ever known. As with all collectable forms of art, documentation and collector history play an important role in determining the desirability of Prehistoric Native American Artifacts. Earl Townsend began collecting artifacts at a relatively young age, acquiring top grade relics from the most revered collections of the day (Wherle, Young, Stone, Meuser, etc.). For Mr. Townsend, the quest of a desirable relic (especially a Birdstone) was an enjoyable task. He diligently travelled to sometimes remote locations. Glimpses of the, sometimes colorful, details of his journeys can be found in the descriptions of his artifacts. This is especially true for the Birdstones he documented in his monumental literary work, "Birdstones of the North American Indian" (better known as (The Birdstone Book). His record of the Gratiot County Porphyry Pop Eyed Birdstone (Item 146) playfully notes that "three freshly caught black bass and other valuable considerations induced Rolly Weikart to surrender this saucy little gem." The Townsend Collection is an assemblage of artifacts with excellent provenance and storied histories - skillfully assembled by a man with an extraordinary eye for art. This auction features fifty four (54) Birdstones. Most are pictured, with thirty (30) being pictured in the Birdstone Book. Two caches of Townsend Turkeytails and several fine Quartz Bannerstones are being offered as well. A total of 351 lots are being sold. This will be the premier artifact auction of the year.
 
3 5/8" Flintridge Dovetail
Sold for $700
Sep 14, 2013
3 1/2" Nethers Dovetail
Sold for $325
Sep 14, 2013
4" Two Tone Archaic Blade
Sold for $125
Sep 14, 2013
4" Indiana Thebes
Sold for $275
Sep 14, 2013
4" Gorget..  Ex-Wherle
Sold for $275
Sep 14, 2013
3" Thebes.  Ex-Braecklein
Sold for $350
Sep 14, 2013
3" Lost Lake.  Ex-Artes
Sold for $125
Sep 14, 2013
4 7/16" Hornstone Dovetail
Sold for $275
Sep 14, 2013
3 7/8" Lizard Effigy. Meuser
Sold for $4,000
Sep 14, 2013
3 3/4" Birdstone with "eye"
Sold for $3,750
Sep 14, 2013
5 1/8"  Dickson. LaDassor
Sold for $750
Sep 14, 2013
3 3/4" Full Groove Axe
Sold for $175
Sep 14, 2013
4 7/8" Cobbs.  Ex-Bush
Sold for $225
Sep 14, 2013
2 1/2" Bannerstone
Sold for $250
Sep 14, 2013
2 3/8" Flintridge Dovetail
Sold for $175
Sep 14, 2013
Three Hematite Celts
Sold for $225
Sep 14, 2013
Hardstone Birdstone. Pictured
Sold for $5,500
Sep 14, 2013
3 3/4" Flintridge Dovetail
Sold for $1,100
Sep 14, 2013
4 3/8" Birdstone.  Pennsylvania
Sold for $1,100
Sep 14, 2013
3 3/8" Carter Cave Dovetail
Sold for $800
Sep 14, 2013
2 3/4" Quad Gorget
Sold for $300
Sep 14, 2013
4 3/4" Dickson. Illinois
Sold for $200
Sep 14, 2013
Birdstone Book Birdstone
Sold for $5,500
Sep 14, 2013
4 1/4" Spineback Gorget
Sold for $375
Sep 14, 2013