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2879-2016) Single Button Lip Labret made of a spring stained and well patinated veined Fraser River Steatite. Measures approx 1 3/8" x 5/8" x 7/16" and has been pecked, abraded, ground, and polished to the desired form. The inner lip wings have suffered incidental damage likely from implement roll, otherwise fair condition, G4 Quality. This scarce relic is typical of NW Coastal Whalen II sites ranging from post contact to 4000 years bp; however similar objects have been found at the Glenrose Cannery Site which dates well over 10,000 bp. These were worn by women and the size mattered in terms of social status. This was likely worn by a young woman between 25-40 years of age. Was reportedly found on private property located near the Columbia River, site and finder information are unrecorded, x Jim Bennett. $350




2878-2016) Cascade Leaf Knife made of a light to dark brown and gray color Petrified Columbia Eocene Wood. This specimen measures approx 4 11/16" x 7/8" x 3/8" and has bifacial direct percussion followed by several stages of pressure flaking. It is in good condition with typical ancient use wear, G7 Quality. Was found on private property located on Jaeger Island on October 15, 1967 in Benton County, Washington State, by Kaye and Don Bruce, x Jim Bennett. $475
 





2847-2016) Cascade Leaf Blade made of an orange and maroon color mottled jasper. Measures approx 2 15/16" x 1 5/8" x 5/16" and has bifacial random percussion followed by several stages of nice pressure flaking. Has a rich patinated luster and good mineral deposits. Has a blade edge nick otherwise good G6 Quality. Was reportedly found on private property in the Atlatl Valley area near The Dalles, Oregon, x Gordon P Erspamer, Jim Bennett. $60
 




2846-2016) Old Cordilleran Leaf Blade made of a mega patinated brown, gray and maroon color banded petrified wood. Measures 2 7/8" x1 3/8" x 5/16" and has several stages of bifacial perimeter percussion then pressure flaking to form. It is mega patinated and mineralized with typical ancient use wear. Has remnant striking platform as often seen with Cascade and OC relics and is G5 Quality. Was found on private property in the Umatilla, Oregon area x Gordon Erspamer, Jim Bennett. $75
 







2228-2016) Parman Knife made of brown and gray colored Columbia River Petrified Eocene Wood. This specimen measures approx 5 3/4" x 1 1/2" x 3/8" and has bifacial collateral even pressure flaking along with tertiary edgework resulting in fine serrations. The bell shaped stem is heavily ground. The blade size has been moderately reduced and is asymmetrical from subsequent ancient resharpenings while the shoulders are worn from rocking on a bone or wooden haft. This was a personal knife that a man would have carried for personal protection and status. It is in good condition save for a nick on the tip and use wear, G9 Quality. Was reportedly found by Frank and Lillian Mowat both of which were status Yakima Indians whom resided in a village located near Priest Rapids prior to 1960. They had two sons, one of which inherited all of their Columbia River artifacts, the other all of the Anasazi pottery, an Apple Cradle, 20 complete axes, 2 nephrite jade adzes, and a 18" salmon packer pestle that now resides in the University of Arizona Museum. The Columbia River collection was sold off and acquired by Charles Shewey and recently as 2000 in an antique store located in Ferndale, Washington State. This particular specimen was acquired by Tad Kreager out of Mt. Vernon, WA in 2001. I had traded this relic previously and reacquired it from Jim Bennett. $2,500
 




2287-2016) Atlatl Valley Knife made of a yellow, gold, brown, and white color opalized petrified wood. This gorgeous specimen measures approx 3 1/4" x 1 13/16" x 1/2" and has large random primary percussion followed by selective pressure flaking to form. This was one tough lithic to work and the maker did an great job creating a beautiful artifact. Condition is near mint save for some minor use wear, G8-9 Quality. Was reportedly found in the Tri Cities Area along the Columbia River on private property, x Mark Berreth, Michael Sheppard, Gordon Erspamer, Jim Bennett. $1,000
 





2771-2016) Northwest Coast Adze or Chisel made of a light to dark green color Fraser River Nephrite Jade. Measures approx 3 3/16" x 1 1/16" x 7/16" and has classic ancient NWC manufacturing technology where the maker used a quartz crystal to cut grooves from the parent nephrite core, then snapped off the block, abraded it to form and finished by polishing with shark or similar skin. It is in near mint condition, G9.5 Museum Quality. Original finder and exact location are unrecorded, by this is distinctively made and can be safely assumed to be NWC, x Meredith Ford. $1,000
 





2605-2015) Cascade Leaf Dart Point made of a red, peach, and clear color gem moss agate. This specimen measures approx 1 3/4" x 13/16" x 3/16" and has bifacial primary percussion followed by several stages of even direct pressure flaking to form. Has seen at least one ancient resharpening and overall in good condition, G6 Quality. Was reportedly found on private property located near the Columbia River in Washington or Oregon, x Kevin Cordiero. $75
 




2593-2015) Atlatl Valley Triangular or Plateau Angular Knife made of a dark brown to greenish orange color banded petrified wood. Measures approx 2 9/16" x 1 1/8" x 5/16" and has bifacial percussion followed by several stages of pressure flaking. The blade is asymmetrical from ancient resharpenings and has moderate serrations. Condition is very good, G7-8 Quality. This specimen was reportedly found on private property located near the Columbia River in Washington State, x Joel Hennessee Collection. $250
 







2267-2015) Tanged Knife possibly after an Elko or Pinto Basin made of a grayish blue color agate with a maroon to red bullseye in the stone matrix. This specimen measures approx 4 5/16" x 1 1/2" x 7/16" and has random primary bifacial percussion followed by multiple stages of pressure flaking from subsequent ancient resharpening. Was originally a huge knife and how has alternate left hand blade beveling along with heavy mineral deposits. Has a nicked tip and irregularities in the stone adjacent to the haft, G4 Quality. Was found on private property by the Buckles Brothers (Dan and Glenn) near The Dalles, OR at the Maybe Site, during the 1950-60's, x Mike Sheppard, Gordon P. Erspamer, Jim Bennett.  $125
 




2263-2015 [287] Columbia Mule Ear Knife made of an off-white, light gray, and brown color plate chalcedony. This specimen measures approx 2 5/16" x 1 5/8" x 5/16" and has very fine bifacial horizontal transverse mixed with direct even edge pressure flaking and longitudinal basal thinning resulting in a balanced feel and lenticular cross section. Does retain a bit of the original cortex from the host stone and overall is in near mint condition, G8-9 Quality. Was reportedly found on private property located in Washington State, county and finder information are unrecorded, x Gordon P. Erspamer, Jim Bennett. $300
 


 


 

2290-2014) Plateau Angular Knife made of a beautiful swirled orange and maroon color Biggs Junction Jasper. This specimen measures approx 1 11/16" x 1" x 5/16" and has heavy bifacial random percussion followed by selective pressure flaking to form. The blade is asymmetrical from several stages of ancient resharpening and is beveled from use. Condition is good, however some material stacking keeps grade at G5 Quality. Still a super piece with lots of color and fortification patterns in the stone so frames well. Was part of an old legacy collection assembled by surface hunting near Maryhill in Klickitat County, Washington along the Columbia River, x Stan Craig Collection. Comes with a NWAC SOP. $35
 

 

 

2314-2014) Old Cordilleran Leaf Blade made of a brown and cream color jasper. This specimen measures 2 13/16" x 1 1/2" x  3/8" and has bifacial random percussion followed by selective pressure flaking and trimming to form. Blade has asymmetry from ancient resharpening along with varying anbles of beveling. Condition is near mint, G7 Quality. Was part of an old legacy collection assembled by surface hunting near Maryhill in Klickitat County, Washington along the Columbia River, x Stan Craig Collection. Comes with a NWAC SOP. $35
 

 

 

2319-2014) Rose Springs Pendant Knife made of a green to light green color Franciscan Jasper. This specimen measures approx 2 1/8" x 7/8" x 5/16" and has heavy random bifacial percussion followed by selective perimeter edge pressure flaking. The blade edges have worn serrations and the stem is delicately chipped in a manner consistent with hafting to a cord that was likely worn on the wrist or neck. Overall condition shows abundant ancient use wear, G5 Quality. This is a heavy duty artifact likely used to work bone or process game. Was part of an old legacy collection assembled by surface hunting near Maryhill in Klickitat County, Washington along the Columbia River, x Stan Craig Collection. Comes with a NWAC SOP. $75
 

 

 

2309-2014) Shuswap Lobbed (Elko or Hanna) Dart Point / Knife made of an earthy brown tone chocolate color Columbia Plateau Petrified Wood. This is a sturdy point that measures approx 2" x 1 1/16" x 5/16" and has random bifacial percussion followed by multiple stages of controlled even pressure flaking. The tip is worn from use as a knife or reamer and one auricle is nicked, G4 Quality. Was part of an old legacy collection assembled by surface hunting near Maryhill in Klickitat County, Washington along the Columbia River, x Stan Craig Collection. Comes with a NWAC SOP. $25
 

 

2302-2014) Columbia Mule Ear Knife made of a orange and amber color Carnelian Agate. Measures just shy of 2" x 1 1/8" x 1/4" and has superb bifacial random mixed with direct pressure flaking to form. Cross section is thin and lenticular with good overall balance, while the blade edges have slight beveling from subsequent ancient resharpening. No brainer ancient authentic with slight river polish and abundant mineral deposits. Good overall condition with minor use wear, G8-8.5 Quality. Was part of an old legacy collection assembled by surface hunting near Maryhill in Klickitat County, Washington along the Columbia River, x Stan Craig Collection. Comes with a NWAC SOP. $175
 

 

 

1943-2014) Gatecliff Dart Point made of a dark red, purple, and orange colored agate. Measures approx  1 7/16" x 3/4" x 3/16" and has above average workmanship with good bifacial pressure flaking and a mucronate nippled tip. This well patinated and nicely mineralized point is in very good condition and G7 Quality. Was reportedly found on private property located on Miller Creek in Klamath County, Oregon, x Kirk Kirkpatrick. Comes with a NWAC SOP. $65
 

 

 

1934-2014) Wallula Square Stem or Rose Springs Arrowpoint made of a rich orange, red, and amber colored carnelian agate. Measures approx 1 5/8" x 3/4" x 1/4" and has thorough bifacial pressure flaking resulting in a refined appearance, some blade edge beveling and worn blade edge serrations. It is very well patinated and mineralized with a touch of river polish. Condition is very good and G7 Quality, very gemmy! This specimen was reportedly found near Malaga in Chelan County, Washington, x Kirk Kirkpatrick. Comes with a NWAC SOP. $65

 

 

519-2010) Cascade Leaf Knife made of a mottled light gray, white, cream, tan, and orange colored Wascoite. This specimen measures approx 2 7/8" x 15/16" x 5/16" and has superb bifacial pressure flaking resulting in a lenticular to biconvex cross section. It has characteristics often present with Paleo Crescents such as worn graver spurs, asymmetrical beveled working edges and serrations. It is in decent condition save for a couple of blade edge nicks so quality is G6. Was found by the late husband of Aileen Fisher while surface hunting private property located along the Columbia River near the town of Umatilla County, Oregon during the late 1950-60's. Mr. Fisher would walk the high and low banks while the John Day Dam was in the construction phase. He was interested in advocational archaeology and sought to recover artifacts with the idea of preserving them for future generations. $50
 

 

 

1787-2013) Cascade Leaf made of an orange, brown, red, and clear colored agatized Columbia Plateau Petrified Wood. This gem  measures approx 1 7/8" x 15/16" x 5/16" and has very fine bifacial ribbon and random pressure flaking followed by tertiary edgework. The stone has a rich waxy patinated luster and has seen several stages of ancient resharpening which have reduced length by at least 40% and resulted in blade edge beveling. Shows some ancient use wear and is G6.5 Quality. Originates from the Columbia River, x Sherrie Hennessee. Comes with a NWAC SOP. $60
 

 

 

1781-2013) Rabbit Island Hafted Blade made of a rootbeer, honey, brown, and black colored agatized Columbia Plateau Petrified Wood. This gem measures approx 1 11/16" x 3/4" x 3/16" and has fine collateral pressure flaking on the dorsal face with secondary retouch on the ventral face. This is a mostly uniface artifact that likely served as a fish processing implement. It is in near mint condition and is G7 Quality. Has a nice patinated luster and river mineral deposits. Was reportedly found on private land located near the Columbia and John Day Rivers during the 1950-60's by Lewis Jam, x Jim Bennett, David Brooks Collections. Comes with a NWAC SOP. $75
 

 

 

1764-2013) Lind Coulee Dart Point made of a peach, gold, and yellow colored jelly agate. This gem measures approx 1 1/4" x 3/4" x 1/4" and has bifacial pressure flaking along with a richly patinated and somewhat mineralized luster. The stem has moderate edge grinding and the blade has seen some ancient resharpening which reduced length by at least 1/3. Was found in Benton County, Washington on private property, x Fred Coleman. Comes with a NWAC SOP. $100

 

 

1119-2012-B) Merrybell Dart Point made of a gorgeous orange, red, and clear gem carnelian agate. This specimen measures approx 1 1/8" x 3/4" x 3/16" and has good bifacial random pressure flaking and lateral stem grinding to form. It is well patinated with a waxy luster and some mineral deposits. Overall in good condition with a couple of ancient resharpenings, otherwise G6 Quality. It was found near the Columbia River on private land located between Priest Rapids and Vantage in Kittitas Co, WA by Norma Berg during the 1940-50ís. This collection reportedly contained several thousand artifacts stored in well over 100 frames. In the Fall of 2011 the Berg Family consigned the collection to Jim Bennett COO, and comes with a NWAC SOP. $50
 

 

 

915-2009) Merrybell made of a pink, white, and green colored chalcedony, this specimen has a crested appearance and a moderately thick plano convex cross section. Measures approx 1 3/16" x 1 1/16" x 3/8" and is G5.80 Quality. It is a hafted knife dating from the Plateau Phase of the NW Pithouse Tradition circa 1750-2500 BP. The tip is a needle mucronate type and is superb, patination is rich with a waxy slightly river polished luster and some mineral deposits. This relic was found at the Bob's Orchard site (now under water) located near the McNary Dam at Umatilla Rapids along the Columbia River, x John Byrd Collection. Comes with a NWAC Certificate of Evaluation and Provenance. $50

 

 

1135-2012) Plateau Pentagonal Knife made of a red, purple, honey, olive green, and clear colored jelly agate. This specimen measures approx 2 5/8" x 1 1/16" x 1/4", it has direct pressure flaking on each face and is fairly thin and lenticular to slightly biconvex in cross section, the lightly ground stem is bulbous punctuated by a pair of weak side notches at the blade shoulders, was found by Fred Heimbigner near the Columbia River during the 1940-50's on private land located on the Washington State side between the Dalles and Vantage prior to dam commission, G8-9 Quality, GEM! $200
 

 

 
1793-2013) Desert General Gem Arrowpoint made of a bright to olive green, white, and brown colored mottled agate. This tiny specimen measures approx 11/16" x 7/16" x 1/16" and has very delicate bifacial pressure flaking. It is very well patinated and has nice mineral deposits. Overall in decent condition with an ancient tip nip, otherwise G5-6 Quality. Was reportedly found on the Columbia River, exact location and finders name are unrecorded, x Sherrie Hennessee. Comes with a NWAC SOP. $35
 

 



 
 
 

 

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