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Antiquities – European and Native American


MED 1. English Civil War Harquebusier’s Armor and Backsword ca. 1620.

Straight from the days of Oliver Cromwell and the battles between the “Roundheads” and the Royalists of Charles I. Harquebusiers were were mounted troops armed with pistols. carbines and swords. The steel helmet or “Pot” has a “Lobsterback” tail constructed of three riveted lames. The three bar visor can be raised and was designed for optimum vision and protection of the face from sword blows. The helmet originally had cheek pieces which would have been attached by leather strips. These can be found but it displays great without them. There is an armourer’s mark on the visor. The breastplate is very thick and was designed to stop a musket ball (one of these was excavated in the well at Jamestowne, VA.). The backplate is thinner. The leather straps holding them together are modern as very little leather survives from this period. There is also an armourer’s mark on the breastplate. The English “Mortuary” Hilted Backsword is in superb condition for its age. Guard is excellent with all rivets in place where the ribs meet the pommel. Early 17th century English design elements on the shell. Original braided wire wrap present on the wooden grip. Blade is still quite sharp and is stamped “ME FECIT SOLINGEN”. The blade was imported from Germany which is typical of many English swords. Curiously, Solingen made blades have been found in England as far back as Anglo Saxon times. This grouping is exceptional for its quality as well as its antiquity, going back to the dawn of the English colonization of America.



Viking and Migration Age Europe

ANT 1. Excavated Scramasax Pommel and Cross Guard ca. 850-1000 AD.

Petersen Type K Sword style guard from a Viking-Germanic fighting knife or “Scramasax”. Excellent condition with a slick green patina and decorated with pagan solar symbols. Provenance of Estonia.



ANT 2. Viking Pendant made from an Abbasid Caliphate Gold Dinar ca. late 9th Cent. AD.

In the East, the Vikings exchanged furs, slaves, Baltic Amber and weapons to the Arabs in exchange for gold and silver coins. The silver coins or “Dirhems” have been found in hoards as far West as Iceland. The much rarer gold Dinars were used exclusively for jewelry and adornment. This one is in great condition and was carefully crafted into a pendant by the Vikings. This piece surfaced at London auction house but exact provenance is uncertain. For reference see “Viking Art” by James Graham Campbell, page 61 for a photo of the Hoen Hoard found in Norway which contained twenty of these Dinars, all fashioned into pendants identical to this one.



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ANT 3. Dug Battle Axe Amulet.

Cast in bronze, these amulets are found in several forms and are thought to possess magical and protective properties. Scholars associate them with the Cult of Perun and the Cult of St. Olaf. This example is in very good condition with an untouched patina and was found by a detectorist on the Baltic Coast of Estonia. 10th-11th Century AD. See this article for more information on these prized artifacts.



ANT 4. Excavated Viking Woman’s “Turtle” Brooch.

These were worn in pairs at the shoulders. This one is an example of the smaller Baltic type. A small chain was suspended in between that had various amulets and decorative pendants hanging from it. Cast bronze. Ibn Fadlan describes the Viking women wearing these in his Risala or description of his travels among the Kievan Rus. Dug near Tallin, Estonia (Baltic States). 



ANT 5. Rare excavated pair of Silver Visigothic Bow Fibulae from Spain.

This large (6.25″) matching pair are dated to the end of the 5th Century AD. and were most likely found long ago in a Visigothic Row Grave Cemetery on the Central Meseta. Constructed of solid sheet silver with gilt brass palmettes at the junctures. Iron pins on back rusted away. Two of the arrow shaped terminals on one of the fibulae are restorations. These were worn to close a woman’s cloak at the shoulders and were worn in conjunction with rectangular cloisonne’ Belt Buckle Plates with oval loops. Only women of very high status could afford this ornamentation. Ref. “Art of Medieval Spain”Metropolitan Museum of Art page 59 fig. 14.”The Visigoths, an Ethnographic Perspective” by Peter Heather page 413, fig. 11-1.



ANT 6. Visigothic Belt Buckle Plaque ca. 7th Cent. AD.

Classic mid 7th Century style featuring stylized griffin design. Deep green patina. This buckle is a reflection of the Byzantine influence on art of the later Visigothic Kingdom. Connecting pin is a modern replacement. Provenance of Merida, Spain. Ref. “The Visigoths, an Ethnographic Perspective” by Peter Heather page 418, fig. 11-5.



ANT 7. Ostrogothic Bow Fibula. 5th to 6th Cent. AD.

Nice example made of cast bronze. Radiate head type. Spring pin intact. Used to pin a woman’s cloak at the shoulders. Provenance of the Danube River Valley.



ANT 8. Viking “Bearded” Battle Axe ca. 9th-11th Cent. AD.

Heavy two handed type in great excavated condition. Used for shattering shields and skulls. Comes with custom display stand. Western Ukraine. For reference see Holger Arbman’s “Die Graber, Birka I” for an identical example dug in the Swedish settlement and trading post at Birka.



 ANT 9. Viking Decorated Bronze Bracelet ca. 9-10th Cent. AD.

Great example in very good condition. Note profuse decoration including pagan solar symbols. most likely a woman’s bracelet. Verbal provenance of Tallin, Estonia. For reference see Holger Arman’s “Die Graber” Birka I. This photographic volume references the archaeological finds made in the huge trading settlement of Birka, Sweden and can be found online.



ANT 10. Dug Anglo Saxon “Horse Head” Brooch. 5th-6th Cent. AD.

A relic from the very first days when Saxons, Angles and Jutish Pirates overran the undefended Roman Province of Britannia. They drove the Romano Britons into a corner of the island that became Wales. This invasion came in waves and was accompanied with great slaughter and plundering. The Pagan Germanic tribes settled across the island and under the Christianizing influence of the Catholic Church developed a peace loving society with high levels of art and learning. In the year 786, there is an entry in the Anglo Saxon Chronicle that mentions three Longships coming ashore;  

“Here Beorhtric [AD 786-802] took King Offa’s daughter Eadburh. And in his days there came for the first time 3 ships; and then the King’s Reeve (Sheriff) rode there and wanted to compel them to go to the king’s town, because he did not know what they were; and they slew him. Those were the first ships of the Danish men which sought out the land of the English race.” Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (Winchester MS).

Here is the first contact of what would become two and a half centuries of savage Viking attacks and settlement ravaging the whole island. It seems that the blood shed in the Anglo Saxon Conquest came to fall upon their heads when they least expected it and in greater measure. This Pagan Anglo-Saxon Bronze Brooch is remarkable for it’s size, 5.5″ as well as the fantastic green patina and decoration. They were worn in pairs by women and pinned their cloaks at the shoulders. Found by a detectorist in Kent. No repairs or alterations.



ANT 11. “Vikings” Reference Book by Tai Larsen.

This great book has been sold out by Amazon and is very hard to get. I have twenty copies that I got directly from the author who has hand signed them all. This book has great pictures of dug Swords, Axes, Amulets, Spears, Arrow Points, Horse Trappings, Belts and much more. Tai composed his own Scandinavian Saga influenced poetry to accompany the pictures. Paperback format and 104 richly illustrated pages. Great stuff and perfect for an introduction to these relics unlike the overwhelmingly exhaustive and academic works by Holger Arbman which cover the excavations at Birka in Sweden. I highly recommend his works if you can find them and want to take your interest further. Two other great introductory volumes I will recommend are “The Viking World” and “Viking Art” both by James Duncan Campbell.

$55.00 ea. 


ANT 12. Excavated Viking “Omega” or “Penannular” Brooch.

Made of  bronze and featuring a poppy design. Great patina and no ground action. Pin intact. Used to fasten a Viking Warrior’s Cloak at the shoulder freeing up his sword hand. These are mentioned by Ibn Fadlan in his 10th Century description of the Kievan Rus. Read this amazing account HERE. Dug in Estonia on the Baltic. 8th to 11th Century AD.



ANT 13. Excavated Silver Viking Axe Amulet.

Well documented in Viking hoards, burials and trade settlements. This type was worn around the neck attached to a larger silver neck ring or bracelet, often in conjunction with Thor Hammers, Christian Crosses and snake amulets. The Axe Amulet is found in several forms and thought to possess magical and protective properties. Scholars associate them with the Slavic Cult of Perun and the Scandinavian Cult of St. Olaf. This example is in very good condition and was found in Ukraine. 10th-11th Century AD. See this article for more information on these prized artifacts.



ANT 14. Excavated Viking Age Cross Amulet.

Early bronze type with traces of yellow or cream colored enamel in recesses. Superb condition. Excavated at a Viking trade settlement in central Ukraine. 10th-11th Cent. AD. Christianity quickly took hold among the Swedes trading and raiding in the east due to the influence of Byzantine missionaries. The cross of Christ became the most powerful amulet with the greatest protective powers eclipsing the Hammer of Thor, the Axe of Perun and the Lunula of the Moon Goddess. 



ANT 15. Excavated “Barbed” Arrow Tip ca. 500-1000 AD.

This type of iron point was used by Germanic Tribes during the great European Migrations and into the Viking era. Condition is remarkable. Note socketed shaft. It would be quite unfortunate to be a victim of this cruel missile. 2 3/8″ in length. Provenance; Central Europe.



ANT 16. Rare European Bronze Age Dagger or Short Sword ca. 2600-1200 BC.

This is an amazing ancient weapon. Note beautiful slick emerald green patina. Aesthetically impressive in it’s design and maintains a very sharp edge. Plowed up recently in an Eastern European farm field.



ANT 17. Dug Medieval Crossbow Bolt ca. 1350-1450.

These cruel missiles were effective for penetrating chain mail and some plate armor. This example was dug in Southern Germany. Slightly over 3″ in length. 







ANT R 1. Rare Terra Cotta Roman Oil Lamp depicting a Gladiator.

This lamp is in flawless condition and features a detailed Roman Gladiator (a Secutor) in relief with a shield and raised Gladius. Acquired from a London antiquities auction and most likely found in England as well. 1st-2nd Cent. AD. Anything depicting a Gladiator is very scarce and desirable. 



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 ANT R 2. Roman Bone Dice. 1st-4th Cent. AD.

Strikingly modern in appearance and function. These are found all over the Roman World and the Romans were great lovers of gambling. This die is in excellent condition. Time to “Roll the bones”.



ANT R 3. Excavated Roman Silver Ring with the Goddess Minerva  Intaglio. 2nd Century AD.

This is a massive man’s finger ring. Crafted from solid silver. The intaglio is either made of red glass or carnelian and features Minerva on a throne holding a spear or staff and a sheath of wheat or grain. Condition is superb and untouched. Provenance uncertain but from a very old English collection.




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Native American Antiquities

All artifacts on this page were found on private property with land owner’s permission prior to 1979.


NA 1. Dug Anasazi “Dog Head” Effigy Water Pot.

Nearly flawless example with only a extremely minor rim chips and no restoration or repair whatsoever. Dog head effigy projects from side of rim. Interesting geometric patterns with crosses and lines. Found in 1970 by Dr. Rick Kalister in Catron County, New Mexico. Measures 6″ in diameter and 5″ in height. Ex. Dr. Kalister Collection.



NA 2. Excavated Anasazi Effigy Vessel ca. 800-1200 AD.

This weird looking vessel is shaped like a football and has a spout on top with a dog head effigy projecting from it. Nice black geometric patterns painted all over it. Spout has pressure cracks but no material loss or restoration whatsoever. Measures Approx. 5.75″ across at widest point and 4.75″ tall. This is an extraordinary Native American artifact. Dug long ago by Dr. Rick Kalister on private property. Catron County New Mexico.



NA 3. Caddo Jar.

Flawless condition. No repairs or restoration whatsoever. Lightly decorated with incising. Ex. Hiwassee College Collection.



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NA 4. Large Native American “Discoidal” or Game Stone. Ca. 800-1500 AD.

An amazing and quite massive example. Deeply hollowed out on both sides. Extremely well made and highly polished. The stone is very hard and granite like. These discs were made to play a series of games. One documented game was called “Chunky” where players would roll the stone and then cast spears at it once it rested. The closest spear was the winner. Discoidals this large and well fabricated are very rare. It measures 4″ in diameter and 2 5/8″ thick. Verbal provenance of Tennessee. Ex. Tom Davis, Ex. Dan White Collection. Comes with a Tom Davis Certification.