A Neolithic bone awl from the Swiss Lakes

A Neolithic bone awl from the Swiss Lakes

Code: 2745


Description: A narrow bone awl comprising a sliver of bone fashioned to a point and now deep brown in colour, condition good, from the Swiss Lakes, Switzerland.

Size: 81 mm/3.2 ins. in length

Culture: Prehistoric

Date: Neolithic, c. 2000-3500 B.C.

Provenance: Probably ex F.S. Clark Collection, Woking, Surrey.

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.