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  BA02130701

This black and olive green quartz banner has been described as being the scarce Green River oval type. It was found at the famous Indian Knoll site in Ohio County , KY. 2 1/8” by 2.” Ex-Ken Spalding and Dr. Sandy Carter. John Berner COA. $5,500.

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Finely crafted reddish brown claystone bottle bannerstone was found in New Madrid County , MO. It has a 1” scar that Dennis Bushey has restored. Maury Meadows COA. The piece was found by Billie Phillips during construction of a school in Portageville in 1965. Overall dimensions are 2 15/16” by 2 3/16.” Price on request.

 
  BA04140701

This highly polished olive green and orange chlorite pick bannerstone is a no-brainer, but I went ahead and got a Maury Meadows COA anyway. At 2 ¼,” this qualifies as a miniature. Found in Adams Co., OH. Ex-Ron Helman and Dudley Bravard. $975.

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An extremely rare relic, this is an antler bone bannerstone, of which few are known, mostly clustered in Kentucky and Tennessee. This one is very well preserved, with no deterioration. It was found in Robertson County , TN. 1 7/8” x 3 ½.” $1,250.

 
  BA05060702

Nicely shaped shuttle bannerstone from Itawamba Co., MS, is 4” and made of greenstone. Slight chip off the hole scarcely shows. An excellent example of one of the rarer types of bannerstone. Ex-Chris Hendrix. $900

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BA0574  

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Chlorite pick This blunt-end greenish-black chlorite pick bannerstone was found by one Peter Hinshaw in Rockingham County, NC, and had been collected by Chris Hendrix and Bruce Butts. Hendrix said he purchased the piece from Hinshaw, the finder. 1" by 4." $925.

 
  BA06220702

This green banded slate tube banner was found in Marion Co., IN, and was formerly collected by Russell Brown and Kevin Cordeiro. 3 ¼.” Two flat plains, which is kind of unusual. $475.

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Very finely crafted mint green chlorite crescent bannerstone was found in Morgan County, IN. by one Chester Inez in the past few years. The chlorite is flecked with black pyrites crystals. 4 1/16.” A beauty. Ex-Steve Repp. $3,800.

 
  BA08220801

This reddish brown claystone shield banner is at an early developmental stage, with relatively sturdy wings and barrel. Found in Lackawanna Co., PA, this has been in a number of old collections, jummdging by the writing on the piece. 3 3/8” by 2.” $1,200.

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Rare piece, a bannerstone found in two parts, with each side drilled for lashing so the sides could function as a banner. Large at 6” and thin, this rare example is made of green slate, which is not an unusual material for banners found in the coastal Carolinas. Georgetown County, SC $2,000.

 
  BA02191001

This gem of a bar-type, undrilled birdstone of white and black gneiss was found in Barron County, KY, and, given the material, is a very rare piece indeed. (Gneiss birds from Kentucky are invariably of the bust type). 2 7/8.” I list this among the bannerstones because I believe birds were a form of tie-on banner. $2,500. (When have you seen an exotic bird from KY priced this low in the last five years?).

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This crescent bannerstone is the only one I am aware of that is made of claystone. The piece measures 5 ½” from tip to tip. There is a tiny nick or two on the ends but the banner essentially is whole. Found in Tennessee, county unknown (most likely from the western part of the state, judging by the material). Purchased from the estate auction of William Cain of Wilkinson, IN. Pictured in Who’s Who No. 9, p. 38, upper photo, bottom center piece. COAs from Jerry Dickey and Tom Davis. $3,800.

 
  BA12170901

Aberrant banner, this piece is made of an exotic olive green and black soapstone or chlorite and features the rare “bullet” at the distal end, but none of that is as peculiar as the drilling. The drilling of the bullet is at such an angle that it could never have met the drilling from the other end, which is quite narrow. I’ve heard this type of shield called the “devil ray” and, glancing at the form, it is easy to see why. Nick on edge. Medial ridge. Piece is said to have come from Western Pa., but I believe the material is from Virginia or North Carolina. 4 1/16” by 3 7/16.” $1,500.

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BA42 Knoblock Humped Banner  
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This humped banner, found in Columbus Co., GA, is pictured in Bannerstones of the North American Indians, No. 2, p. 233; and Prehistoric American (special bannerstone issue), Vol. 36, No. 2, 2002, p. 2, where it is partly obscured by a Clovis point. 2 5/8" by 2." It is made of a mottled black and green granite. Ex-Byron Knoblock, Sprague W. Chambers, Cameron Parks, Len and Janie Weidner, C. J. O’Neill and Lynn Mills. Meadows COA.
 
  BA11210901

This unfinished Benton rectangular bannerstone of quartzite patinated black from (most likely) a river.is 3” by 4 ½.” The barrel is drilled about 3/4” deep with a cane drill. The banner bears the label of Ben Thompson, a prominent collector from Kirkwood, Mo. (3458.). It says the piece was found in Hardin Co., IL. I purchased the banner from R.W. Lyerly. With the bannerstone is a Motley COA (03-11290-08) that lists the owner on 3/31/08 as Rick Przygoda, the authenticator. Impressive piece. $1,500.

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Large tube banner of beautifully banded green banded slate. This piece resembles a flattened cigar and the color contrasts make it noteworthy. Ottawa Co., OH. 1 3/16” by 4 1/16.” The seller told me this banner is pictured on the cover of the Old Barn Auction catalogue of the Claude Britt Jr. auction, where he bought it. $1,650.

 
  BA11110906
This lunate banner is made of a dark brown slate with fine black bands encircling the prongs. Ex-Johanson, according to a tag with the piece. Williams Co., OH. Good size at ” 1” by 4 15/16.” $900.
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This weathered saddle-face bannerstone was purchased from a farmer near Bath in Franklin County, IN, recently. It is made of a red and caramel conglomerate, a rare stone for Indian relics. Slight damage (1%) to the knobs has been restored professionally. 3” by 2 5/8. A good value at $1,800. Without the damage, this is a $5,000 to $6,000 banner.

 
  BA04251001
Milky white and yellow biface is the only bannerstone I have ever seen made out of feldspar, a crystalline material that causes the relic to shine like chlorite at just the right angles. 1 11/16” by 1 3/4.” Found in Talladega Co., AL., it was collected by John Powell, the archaeologist, and, in 1990, by Scott Young. This piece shows many ancient, microscopic scratch marks on its surfaces. $575.
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Beat-up but extremely rare type of bannerstone, the constricted triangle. I am aware of fewer than five of these in nearly 60 years of collecting. This one was collected at the famous Wells Creek site in Stewart Co., TN, and formerly owned by Scott Young, Tommy Beutell, Hubert Wachtel, who initiated the Who’s Who books, and B.W. Stephens. The piece is made of green steatite and is 1 5/8” by 1 3/8.” $650.

 
  BA05151001
There are two ways of looking at this bannerstone: it is a broken and reworked curved pick of light and dark green chlorite or it is a very early geniculate. I prefer the latter. Truth is I have never seen a reworked pick that showed so much missing from a prong, probably a testament to how highly valued chlorite was. Found by Charles Smith of Franklinton, off Old Halifax Road in Franklin County, NC in July 1999 after heavy rains. $1,000.
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