The Art Gerber Ancient Art Collection: Part 1

The Art Gerber Ancient Art Collection: Part 1

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The Art Gerber Ancient Art Collection: Part 1

The Art Gerber Ancient Art Collection: Part 1

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Auction will feature artifacts from the collection of renowned collector Art Gerber, highlighting objects from the Ohio Valley, including the important cache from Crib Mound.

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Bone Fish Hooks

Lot # 1 (Sale Order: 1 of 382)      

Archaic - Woodland Period, 8000-500 B.C. 
Crib Mound, Spencer County, Indiana
lot of 5, longest 1.25 in.These are from Art Gerber’s famous frame of fishhooks. 

EST $ 200 - 300...more

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Bone Fish Hooks

Lot # 2 (Sale Order: 2 of 382)      

Archaic - Woodland Period, 8000-500 B.C.
Crib Mound, Spencer County, Indiana
lot of 5, longest 1.25 in.
These are from Art Gerber’s famous frame of fishhooks.

EST $ 200 - 300...more

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Bone Fish Hooks

Lot # 3 (Sale Order: 3 of 382)      

Archaic - Woodland Period, 8000-500 B.C.
Crib Mound, Spencer County, Indiana
lot of 2, longest 1.75 in.

These are from Art Gerber’s famous frame of fishhooks.

EST $ 100 - 200...more

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Bone Fish Hooks

Lot # 4 (Sale Order: 4 of 382)      

Archaic - Woodland Period, 8000-500 B.C. 
Crib Mound, Spencer County, Indiana
Dickerson Cave, Todd County, Kentucky [AG SB331]
lot of 3, longest 1.75 in.

These are from Art Gerber’s famous frame of fishhooks.

Collection History:
Gerber Catalog Number: AG SB331 found by Hugh Dossett at Dickerson Cave

EST $ 200 - 300...more

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A Frame of Fishhook Manufacturing Tools

Lot # 5 (Sale Order: 5 of 382)      

Archaic - Woodland Period, 8000-500 B.C.
lot of 39, longest 4.5 in.

This interesting frame exhibits the various stages of the manufacturing of Archaic bone fishhooks. 

Publications:
Gerber, Art, The Art Gerber Story, 2007, pg. 275, fig. 7.249

EST $ 2000 - 2500...more

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A Banded Slate Reel Bannerstone

Lot # 6 (Sale Order: 6 of 382)      

Middle - Late Archaic, 6000-1000 B.C.
Spencer County, Indiana
length 4.5 in.
heavily cleaned

This bannerstone is one of the highlights of the Art Gerber collection. It was found by Floyd Stewart in 1968 while surface hunting across the river from Owensboro, Kentucky. This rare bannerstone is remarkable for its graceful form, striking bands and beautiful light colored slate. It has been very well documented in the literature. Very few of these highly developed Reels have ever sold publicly.

Publications:
Gerber, Art, The Art Gerber Story, 2007, pg. 125
Thompson, Ben W., Who’s Who in Indian Relics, Vol. 6, 1984, pg. 234
Lutz, David L. The Archaic Bannerstone, 2000, pg. 126
Prehistoric Artifacts, Vol. XIX, No. 3, 1985, pg. 2
Prehistoric American, Vol. XLIX, No. 3, 2015, pg. 34
Prehistoric American, Vol. LI, No. 2, 2017, pg. 15

EST $ 20000 - 30000...more

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A Diorite Single Faced Bottle Bannerstone

Lot # 7 (Sale Order: 7 of 382)      

Middle - Late Archaic Period, 6000-1000 B.C.
Yell County, Arkansas
length 1.75 in.

Publications:
Gerber, Art, The Art Gerber Story, 2007, pg. 280, fig. 7.220
Lutz, David L., The Archaic Bannerstone, 2000, pg. 423
Onken, Bobby, Legends of Prehistoric Art, Vol. II, 2012, pg. 321
Prehistoric America, Vol. XXIV, No. 4, 1990, pg. 19
Collection History:Art Gerber Catalog Number: AG B9ex Bill Rowlette Collection, Lafe, Arkansas

EST $ 750 - 1000...more

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A Small Quartz Bannerstone

Lot # 8 (Sale Order: 8 of 382)      

Middle - Late Archaic Period, 6000-1000 B.C.
length 2.5 in.

Made from attractive black and white quartz.

EST $ 1000 - 1500...more

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A Gneiss Saddle Bannerstone

Lot # 9 (Sale Order: 9 of 382)      

Middle - Late Archaic Period, 6000-1000 B.C.
length 2.5 in.

EST $ 1000 - 1500...more

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A Concave Humped Tube Bannerstone

Lot # 10 (Sale Order: 10 of 382)      

Middle - Late Archaic Period, 6000-1000 B.C.
Crib Mound, Spencer County, Indiana
length 3.25 in.
with restoration

Collection History:
Art Gerber Catalog Number: AG B78 found by Booby Scheidegger

EST $ 1200 - 1800...more

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Quartz Bannerstone Fragments

Lot # 11 (Sale Order: 11 of 382)      

Middle - Late Archaic Period, 6000-1000 B.C.
lot of 8, longest 2 in.

Publications:
Gerber, Art, The Art Gerber Story, 2007, pg. 156, fig. 7.096

EST $ 1000 - 1500...more

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An Unfinished Gneiss Preform Hooked Bannerstone

Lot # 12 (Sale Order: 12 of 382)      

Middle - Late Archaic Period, 6000-1000 B.C.
Perry County, Indiana
length 3 in.

Collection History:
Art Gerber Catalog Number: AG B89 found by a boy named Schaefer from Tell City, Indiana. Art Gerber purchased from the finder in 1985.

EST $ 500 - 700...more

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An Unfinished Gneiss Bannerstone

Lot # 13 (Sale Order: 13 of 382)      

Middle - Late Archaic Period, 6000-1000 B.C.
Mauckport, Harrison County, Indiana
length 3 in.

EST $ 75 - 150...more

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Hourglass AND Gneiss Bannerstones

Lot # 14 (Sale Order: 14 of 382)      

Middle - Late Archaic Period, 6000-1000 B.C.
lot of 2, longest 3.25 in.
both with restoration

EST $ 200 - 400...more

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Striped Quartz Bannerstone

Lot # 15 (Sale Order: 15 of 382)      

Middle - Late Archaic Period, 6000-1000 B.C.
length 3.25 in.
with restoration

Condition: This very attractive bannerstone is about 50% restored.

EST $ 300 - 500...more

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An Expanded Center Bottle Bannerstone AND Associated Antler Atlatl Hook

Lot # 16 (Sale Order: 16 of 382)      

Middle - Late Archaic Period, 6000-1000 B.C.
Barrow Site, Ohio County, Kentucky
lot of 2, longest 3 in.

Publications:
Gerber, Art, The Art Gerber Story, 2007, pg. 226, fig. 7.166. [AB B20]
Gerber, Art, The Art Gerber Story, 2007, pg. 113, fig. 7.053. [AB SB237]
Lutz, David L., The Archaic Bannerstone, 2000, pg. 402
Overstreet, Robert M, Indian Arrowheads, 13th Edition, pg. 78

Collection History:
Art Gerber Catalog Number: AG B20 and AG SB237
The atlatl hook was found with the accompanying the bannerstone.

EST $ 5000 - 8000...more

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Hardstone Bannerstone Fragments

Lot # 17 (Sale Order: 17 of 382)      

Middle - Late Archaic Period, 6000-1000 B.C.
lot of 7, longest 2 in.
Another great study group of bannerstone fragments. Most are likely pictured in the Art Gerber book.

EST $ 200 - 400...more

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A Tie-On Slate Atlatl Weight

Lot # 18 (Sale Order: 18 of 382)      

Archaic Period, 8000-1000 B.C.
length 6.5 in.

This is a fine artifact made from dark gray-green slate. It is large for its type and well made. The center groove has been cut all the way around the center of the piece.

Provenance: Publications:Gerber, Art, The Art Gerber Story, 2007, pg. 265, fig. 7.205Collection History:Art Gerber Catalog Number: AG H102

EST $ 300 - 500...more

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A Very Rare Engraved Antler Cup

Lot # 19 (Sale Order: 19 of 382)      

Middle - Late Archaic Period, 6000-1000 B.C.
Clarksville Mound, Clark County, Indiana
length 3.25 in.

Antler and Stone Cups are extremely rare. They are thought to be used for the same purpose. A very interesting discussion of Antler Cups may be found in The Archaic Bannerstone where this fine and large engraved example is pictured.

Publications:
Gerber, Art, The Art Gerber Story, 2007, pg. 315, fig. 7.255
Lutz, David L., The Archaic Bannerstone, 2000. pg. 371

EST $ 500 - 700...more

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A Rare Stone Cup

Lot # 20 (Sale Order: 20 of 382)      

Middle - Late Archaic Period, 6000-1000 B.C.
Mauckport, Harrison County, Indiana
height 2.5 in.with restoration

Archaic Stone Cups are an extremely rare artifact form. Very few are known in collections. In his book, The Archaic Bannerstone, David Lutz calls them “…the rarest of artifacts”. (Lutz, David L., The Archaic Bannerstone, 2000, pg. 368)

Publications:
Gerber, Art, The Art Gerber Story, 2007, pg. 20, fig. 2.7; pg. 74, fig. 7.014; pg. 75, fig. 7.015
Prehistoric American, Vol. LI, No. 2, 2017, pg. 17

EST $ 1000 - 1500...more

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A Stone Cup

Lot # 21 (Sale Order: 21 of 382)      

Middle - Late Archaic Period, 6000-1000 B.C.
Crib Mound, Spencer County, Indiana
height 2.5 in.with restoration

Archaic Stone Cups are an extremely rare artifact form. Very few are known in collections. In his book, The Archaic Bannerstone, David Lutz calls them “…the rarest of artifacts”. (Lutz, David L., The Archaic Bannerstone, 2000, pg. 368)

Publications:
Gerber, Art, The Art Gerber Story, 2007, pg. 5, fig. 1.4

EST $ 800 - 1200...more

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A Stone Cup

Lot # 22 (Sale Order: 22 of 382)      

Middle - Late Archaic Period, 6000-1000 B.C.
Crib Mound, Spencer County, Indiana
height 2 in.with restoration

Archaic Stone Cups are an extremely rare artifact form. Very few are known in collections. In his book, The Archaic Bannerstone, David Lutz calls them “…the rarest of artifacts”. (Lutz, David L., The Archaic Bannerstone, 2000, pg. 368)

Publications:
Gerber, Art, The Art Gerber Story, 2007, pg. 74, fig. 7.014; pg. 75, fig. 7.015; pg. 20, fig. 2.27
Prehistoric American, Vol. LI, No. 2, 2017, pg. 17

EST $ 500 - 700...more

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A Magnificent Hopewell Cache

Lot # 23 (Sale Order: 23 of 382)      

Hopewell Culture, Middle Woodland Period, 200 B.C. - A.D. 400
Spencer County, Indiana
lot of 19, blade length 11 in.

This lot represents one of the most significant opportunities for the public to acquire fine and rare prehistoric art. This famous Hopewell cache of was discovered very near the Ohio River directly across from the city of Owensboro, Kentucky. It is arguably one of the most significant and finest Hopewell assemblages ever found in the state of Indiana. Art Gerber, being the most prominent collector in the Ohio River Valley was notified of this discovery as soon as it happened. He soon negotiated a plan to purchase the cache, which he retained for the rest of his life.Seldom, if ever, has such an important cache been offered to the public. It has remained intact since its discovery and it will be sold as such. Included in this framed lot are the below listed 19 items just as Art pictured and displayed them.

1.     A very thin and magnificent 11-inch Hopewell Ross Blade made from Mill Creek Chert. Art Gerber catalog number AG 831
2.     A fine Hopewell Platform Pipe made from a highly polished peach colored stone.  Art Gerber catalog number AG P25.
3.     Another fine Hopewell Monitor Platform Pipe made from highly polished green speckled stone. Art Gerber catalog number AG P25.
4.     A Hopewell Expanded Center Gorget made from red stone, Art Gerber catalog number AG H137
5.    Two Hopewell copper celts, Art Gerber catalog number AG C60
6.    A Hopewell Cone, Art Gerber catalog number AG H137
7.    A 5 inch Hopewell Notched Blade, Art Gerber catalog number AG 831
8.    Nine Hopewell Snyders Points, Art Gerber catalog number AG 831
9.    Two Hopewell blades, Art Gerber catalog number AG 831
It should be noted that a Kaolin Flint spade and two Hopewell pots were also discovered at the same time and place as the cache detailed above. However, Art did not display or picture them together, but they will be offered in this auction.

Publications:

Prehistoric American, Vol. XXXVII, No. 1, 2003, page 45
Prehistoric American, Vol. XLIX, No. 3, 2015, page 36 and 37
Gerber, Art, The Art Gerber Story, 2007, pages 150, 151, 152 and 403
Overstreet, Robert M., Indian Arrowheads, 13th Edition, page 81
Central States Archaeological Journal, Vol. 50, No. 4, 2003, pg. 213

EST $ 50000 - 80000...more

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A Cumberland Fluted Dart Point

Lot # 24 (Sale Order: 24 of 382)      

Paleo-Indian Period, 12000-8000 B.C.
Perry County, Indiana
length 3.25 in.
tip and ear restored

Publications:
Gerber, Art, The Art Gerber Story, 2007, pg. 122

Collection History:Art Gerber Catalog Number: AG 29 ex Jim Mathews Collection, Louisville, Kentucky

EST $ 3000 - 4000...more

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A Paleo Quad Point

Lot # 25 (Sale Order: 25 of 382)      

Perry County, Indianalength 2.75 in.

Provenance:

Publications:
Gerber, Art, The Art Gerber Story, 2007, pg. 123, fig. 7.062

Collection History:
Art Gerber Catalog Number: AG 34 ex John Hunter Collection, Evansville, Indiana

EST $ 1000 - 1500...more

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