Description: A small tabular ground gneiss axehead with chips to the butt and overall surface wear, otherwise condition good, labelled as from the Swiss Lake Dwellings, Switzerland.
Size: 99 mm/3.9 ins. in length
Date: Neolithic c. 2000-3500 B.C.
Provenance: Ex F.S. Clark Collection, Woking, Surrey, with his collection label.
Background: Fred Sydney 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.
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