Description: A grey flint partially polished axehead with dense white patination, with a symmetrical posterior taper, a squared butt and a small area polished close to the cutting edge on one side, otherwise surface flaked overall. Some iron staining and a few small chips at the cutting edge, otherwise condition good. Found at Eriswell, Suffolk.
Size: 100 mm/3.9 ins. in length
Date: c. 3000 B.C.
Provenance: Ex Dr H.A. Fawcett Collection and with his collectors mark.
Background: Dr Hugh Alderson Fawcett (1891-1982) built up an important collection of ancient implements, weapons and ornaments that eventually numbered some eight thousand items. The bulk of this collection is now in the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, but Fawcett previously sold or traded many pieces in order to improve his collection. His distinctive monogram and careful recording of provenance makes his pieces readily identifiable.
An opportunity to acquire a good British artefact from a renown collection put together by an astute and fastidious collector.
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