Description: A brown flint tanged knife, bifacially flaked and of relatively simple form. Some minor chips and smoothing of the flake scars, otherwise condition good, from the Fayum, Egypt.
Size: 90 mm/3.5 ins. in length
Date: Neolithic to Predynastic Period, c. 5000-3500 B.C.
Provenance: Ex F.S. Clark Collection, Woking, Surrey.
Background: 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.
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