Hopewell Culture, Middle Woodland Period, 200 B.C. - A.D. 400Spencer County, Indianalot 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.
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the gorget and four snyder points have restoration