Hopewell Culture, Middle Woodland Period, 200 B.C. - A.D. 400 Jefferson County, Indiana Slight restoration to one ear. length 8-1/2 in.
This Hopewell blade is of exceptional size and quality. Note the near perfect symmetry. Mr. J.F. Hammil found it near Madison, Indiana in 1911. J.G. Braecklein of Kansas City collected it later. Braecklein's distinctive signature is written on the blade. Braecklein was well known as a buyer for the Edward Payne collection. At some point in the 1940s it entered the famous collection of Dr. Rollin H. Bunch of Muncie, Indiana. Around 1950, Charles C. Smith of Modoc, Indiana acquired many fine Bunch artifacts, including this blade. It remained in the Smith collection until May 15, 1983 when it was purchased by Art Gerber as lot number 334.
Provenance: Collection History:
Gerber Collection Number: AG.385
Found in 1911 by J.F. Hammil near Madison, Indiana.
J.G. Braecklein Collection, Kansas City, Kansas
Dr. Rollin H. Bunch Collection, Muncie, Indiana
Charles C. Smith Collection, Modoc, Indiana [312; red dymo tape]
Purchased by Art Gerber on May 15, 1983.
Painter Creek Auction Brochure, May 15, 1983, pg. 7, Lot No. 33
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