Glacial Kame Culture / Late Archaic Period, 4000-1500 B.C. Licking County, Ohio 5-1/16 in.
This spectacular birdstone was found north of the village of Croton (Hartford) in Licking County Ohio, sometime in the first few decades of 20th century. It was apparently first acquired by Jesse Walker, an artifact collector and employee of the Wehrle Stove Company in Newark, Ohio. Walker was also engaged by the owner of the company, August T. Wehrle, to locate prehistoric artifacts for his personal collection. Supposedly, Walker acquired this birdstone, but never reported its discovery to his employer keeping it for himself.
Made from green banded slate which is heavily pronounced on the left side; when turned 180 degrees, the graceful banding on the underside of the head and neck mirrors the line formed by the front of the tail, and top of the body. This visual effect is seen on a number of birdstones and always results in a pleasing countenance.
Collection History: Jesse Walker, OH Jim Hahn Steve Fuller, Wooster, OH Jan Sorrgenfrei, Findlay, OH