Informational details about the collection: My father was a well-known numismatist, who had professional interest in ancient coins as well as personal interest in antiquities and unusual currency. He was the primary source for many of my acquisitions, in addition to auctions and other dealers. I began my collecting in this field in the 1950s when I was a teenager, and while I haven't added to it in over 25 years, I've enjoyed displaying these pieces for years.Now it's time for the next "steward" - who can care for these objects with the same affection. Because many of these objects are relatively rare, handmade, and at this point pretty much unique - descriptions can vary by source, and pricing can be difficult. I therefore rely here on identifications and sales of similar/comparable items where I can find them: online and public auctions, catalogs, books. Where possible I will provide provenance and cite the sources I've used for identifying the objects. If you find errors, or think my descriptions aren't correct, please let me know.
I've been a dedicated collector but I'm not an expert. Antiquities, pre-Columbian and ethnographic/tribal items, are self-explanatory labels. (the first coins were made of electrum, a combo of silver and gold, approx 800 BC) the use does not imply that the people using it were primitive - simply that in lieu of standardized coinage (state controlled, uniform, portable etc) most of the world's cultures depended on variety of objects for barter and trade - and this persisted well into the 19th - 20th century. Historically, many of these objects had real life, practical purposes and utilitarian/functional value - such as tools, weapons and even foodstuffs that had long shelf life (tea, cocoa beans etc), or were fashioned to be worn, like bride price jewelry, from metals that had practical value if needed (copper, iron, bronze) Frequently these items also were chosen for their perceived aesthetic value/rarity/beauty, such as feathers for headdresses, bones, shells, beads, rare stones, etc. As a result, many originally utilitarian items evolved into iconic, fixed, ceremonial forms...That resembled their original form but were not functional, e. If you prefer faster service, contact me for add'l costs. Items here are from my personal collection, guaranteed to be authentic, and are not re-sales. Anything else you need to know, just ask! The item "Authentic ancient middle Bronze Age Palstave winged axe head c 1500 BCE intact" is in sale since Saturday, June 27, 2020.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Antiquities\Neolithic & Paleolithic". The seller is "howardfrank" and is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This item can be shipped to United States, all countries in Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia.