A group of three Neolithic to Middle Bronze Age flint knives

A group of three Neolithic to Middle Bronze Age flint knives

Code: 2197

Description: A group of three Neolithic to Middle Bronze Age mottled grey flint knives, made from elongate flakes. Two made from flint blades, the other a plano-convex slug knife, retouched on one side with a smooth ventral surface. Overall condition good and a nice group. One bladed knife and the slug knife found on the Yorkshire Wolds, the other from Icklingham, Suffolk.

Size: 50-61 mm/1.9-2.4 ins. in length

Culture: Neolithic to Middle Bronze Age

Date: c. 2500-1200 B.C.

Provenance: Two ex Dr H.A. Fawcett Collection and with his collectors mark. One ex F.S. Clark Collection, Woking, Surrey, 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.

Mr Fred Clark (1923-2016) ran the Old Curiosity Shoppe, The Quadrant, Onslow Street, Guildford, Surrey, in the 1970’s-1980’s selling a range of collectables. A passionate collector and field-walker, he built up a fine collection of antiquities, notable for British prehistoric items, a significant number of which he obtained through trade with Dr. H.A. Fawcett. Like Fawcett, he was meticulous in documenting his collection, even the most humble tools were catalogued and fully labelled with locality, accession number and his characteristic monogram.

UK sale only please.