Description: A small plano-convex grey-brown flint knife with dense blue-white patination, fashioned from a leaf-shaped flake. The knife has a distinct point and in size and shape resembles an arrowhead, although we think it is more likely to be a knife due to its thickness. An inoffensive chip at the point and some minor iron staining, otherwise condition good. Found at Cavenham, near Mildenhall, Suffolk.
Size: 44 mm/1.7 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 an inexpensive British artefact from a renown collection put together by an astute and fastidious collector.
UK sale only please.