Description: A Palaeolithic fawn chert knife made from a curved elongate flake of plano-convex cross-section, with the attractive red brown patina typical of Egyptian desert finds. Some cortex remaining along the axis of the flake on one side and some edge chips, otherwise condition good.
Size: 125 mm/4.9 ins. in length
Date: c. 300,000-50,000 years B.P.
Provenance: From the collection of De Barri Crawshay (1857-1924).
Background: De Barri Crawshay, of Sevenoaks, Kent, was the son of a successful welsh ironmaster, and a notable collector who built up an important collection of flint implements and stone tools through collection in the field and through purchase. Today, he is best remembered for his collection of eoliths, now regarded as products of natural erosion, and for his work on palaeolithic material from the North Downs of Kent. He also cultivated orchids. His collection of flint implements was sold at auction by Stevens’s Auction Rooms Ltd, 38 King Street, Covent Garden, London, on 17 April 1929, although this particular piece remained with the family.