Late Archaic Period, Glacial Kame Culture, 4000-1500 B.C.
Allen County, Indiana
Made from a dark green, banded slate, this Elongated, Long Neck birdstone is a superb example of the type. Like many of the birdstones in the Sorgenfrei Collection, this example has a long collection history, beginning with the legendary Edward W. Payne of Springfield, Illinois. At Payne's death, it was acquired by Dr. Rollin Bunch, and later passed through the hands of Dr. T. Hugh Young, and Clem Caldwell, until it was sold to Steve Fuller, and finally, Sorgenfrei.
Collection History: Leslie W. Hills, Fort Wayne, IN
Edward W. Payne, Springfield, IL
Dr. Rollin H. Bunch, Muncie, IN, No. 135
Dr. T. Hugh Young, Nashville, TN
Clemens Caldwell, Danville, KY, No. Bi:106
Steve Fuller, Wooster, OH
Publications: Stone Ornaments of the North American Indian, Moorehead, Warren K., 1917, Fig. 78 Birdstones of the North American Indian, Townsend, Earl C., 1959, pg. 405-E Prehistoric American, Vol. 43, No. 4, 2009, (Birdstone Special Issue), pg. 37 and 81 (12 o’clock) Legends of Prehistoric Art, Vol. 2, Onken, 2011, pg. 539
Provenance: Leslie W. Hills, Fort Wayne, IN; Ex Edward W. Payne, Springfield, IL; Ex Dr. Rollin H. Bunch, Muncie, IN, No. 135; Ex Dr. T. Hugh Young, Nashville, TN; Ex Clemens Caldwell, Danville, KY, No. Bi:106; Ex Steve Fuller, Wooster, OH; From the Collection of Jan Sorgenfrei, Ohio