Description: A grey-brown flint borer/awl with dense blue-white patination, the flint fashioned to a point at one end. The borer is roughly pear shaped with a narrow neck and wider bulbous butt end. Some minor chips and iron staining, otherwise condition good. Found at Herringswell, near Mildenhall, Suffolk.
Size: 52 mm/2 ins. in length
Culture: Neolithic to Early Bronze Age
Date: c. 3500-1600 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 British artefact from a renown collection put together by an astute and fastidious collector.
UK sale only please.