A Danish Late Neolithic-Early Bronze Age dolerite axe-hammer

A Danish Late Neolithic-Early Bronze Age dolerite axe-hammer

Code: 2736


Description: A Danish polished dolerite perforated axe-hammer of boat-shaped form with central cylindrical perforation. The cutting edge damaged and abraded and some shallow chips on the underside and butt.

Size: 118 mm/4.6 ins. in length, the perforation 20 mm/0.8 ins. in diameter

Culture: Nordic Neolithic

Date: Late Neolithic-Early Bronze Age, c. 2nd-3rd Millennium 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.