Ancient ... but not a coin! Artifacts thread! Post 'em!

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by lordmarcovan, Dec 25, 2017.

  1. 4to2centBC

    4to2centBC Well-Known Member

    You win. The Ango-Saxon piece, which LM has pointed out, is stunning. More than stunning. I am envious.
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  3. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    The spear point alone is awesome, but "Robo-dog" has tons of character, too!
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  4. Voulgaroktonou

    Voulgaroktonou Well-Known Member

    Speaking of ancient aliens, my wife is convinced from looking at certain Byzantine coins of mine that they are proof that aliens interbred with eastern Mediterranean peoples from the 6th century onward...
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  5. PlanoSteve

    PlanoSteve Well-Known Member

    Agreed, but let's not limit it to the eastern Mediterranean! :):smug::D
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  6. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Thought I'd resurrect this discussion, since I revisited the OP to get pix of that ring.

    Who else has some more interesting "non-coin" ancient stuff for us to ogle?
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  7. Ancient Chinese knife. Huge and silver-plated, meaning it probably belonged to someone of some wealth.

    Airport security is gonna be fun........

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  8. Deacon Ray

    Deacon Ray Biblical Kingdoms Supporter

    Tell them it's a shoehorn that's been in the family for years ;)
  9. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Hmmm... @lordmarcovan asked to see more. I have a few new captures:

    Ancient Celtic Shaving Razor 8th-6th c BCE Rare Bronze Age Hallstatt Type 48mm x 40mm.JPG
    Ancient Celtic Shaving Razor
    c. 8th-6th century BCE
    47x40 mm
    Rare Bronze Age 'Hallstatt Type' razor. Rounded blade with wide shoulders, triangular-section rod handle pierced for suspension. The rounded edges are worked to a very fine blade.
    Reference: Murawski, P.G. Benet's Artefacts of England and the United Kingdom, Ely, 2003 p.47 item B14-0603.
    Very fine condition, olive-green patina with earthen deposits.
    Ex-old English collection

    Amber w- Fly.jpg
    Amber w/ Fly

    Egypt Neolithic Arrowhead 8000 BCE.jpg
    Egypt Neolithic Arrowhead 8000 BCE

    Raptor - Theropod Dinosaur tooth Veloceraptor 75m-71m yrs ago.jpg
    Raptor - Theropod Dinosaur tooth Veloceraptor 75m-71m yrs ago

    Egypt Scarab RAMESSES II cartouche 19th Dyn 1292-1189 BCE winged uraeus cobra 4.1g 19mm Gustave Mustaki coll acquired fr Egypt in 1948

    RI Pair of Roman dice 1st -3rd century 10mm Bone.jpg
    RI Pair of Roman dice 1st -3rd century 10mm Bone
  10. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Wow, that razor is cool.
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  11. Johndakerftw

    Johndakerftw Mr. Rogers is My Hero

    I’m so jealous of that raptor tooth!

    I’d love to have a Dino tooth or bone. Far out!

  12. Ken Dorney

    Ken Dorney Yea, I'm Cool That Way...

    You can also put it into your checked bag. That's a risk of course, but anything is these days. Years ago I used to deal in a lot of antiquities, many of which I carried in a backpack onto the plane. The last time I did so with a large group of spears, maces, knives, etc, they were taken from me and locked up in the cockpit as they were determined to be weapons that could be used. In this day and age it would be easier to mail them.
  13. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Yeah, 'twasn't a random purchase. Little expensive, but what a COOL TOUCH with the Halstatt Civilization. This is such a common HUMAN need tool, that I had to have it.

    Better the Razor than a Shark Tooth to shave with!
    Sharks Tooth 43x29mm Morehead City - NC.jpg
    Sharks Tooth 43x29mm Morehead City - NC

    Egypt Faience Eye of Horus Amulet ca 1070-713 BCE 3rd Int Per - orange glaze Petrie Amulets plate XXV 19mm
  14. The knife is going into the checked bag. No problem there. I will also have a 4-character Qi knife, which I don’t want to put into the checked bag nor do I want to mail it. It looks dangerous on x-ray, but it should be obvious it is not sharp in hand.

    I’ve gotten Ming knives past security before, so... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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  15. By the way, what was the reaction when that went through the x-ray?
  16. Ken Dorney

    Ken Dorney Yea, I'm Cool That Way...

    This was leaving London. I'm pretty sure it was pre-9/11, so things were not to tense. I remember them just inspecting the bag, the security officer shaking his head that I was a 'dumb tourist' who got scammed buying 'replicas'. They boxed them up and I got them back in San Francisco.
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  17. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member's a bronze sparker/firestarter that's not too worn... a Roman Zippous :p ancient bronze sparker-fire starter 001.JPG
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  18. Ryro

    Ryro Another victory like that will destroy us! Supporter

    Good call Lordm! I LOVE artifacts!!!
    Lead sling bullet
    Recovered from 54 AD battlefield near Ceasaragosta, Spain (Madern Zaragosa)
    ca. 54 A.D.
    1 1/4" length
    Greek 4th
    century BCE leaf
    shaped, barbed
    arrowhead. 7
    grams, 41 MM
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  19. Ken Dorney

    Ken Dorney Yea, I'm Cool That Way...

    A little info. on your knife. Its Eastern Zhou, 6th - 5th Century BC. These types originated during the late Shang around 13th - 11th Century BC (but this form well known and documented to the period mentioned above). The form is thought to have a northern origin. A couple of references:

    Emma C. Bunker, Ancient Bronzes of the Eastern Eurasian Steppes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, pg. 184, #101.

    Yang Hong, Weapons in Ancient China, pg. 93, fig. 120.
  20. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Back in 1999, I was living in the UK. We manufactured cutting implements for various industries. My VP Sales and I were flying from London to Brussels to accept an award as well as giving a gift to a major customer. We did NOT want to have this gift in our luggage under the plane. We carried it on-board with us, after casually showing the Customs people. It was a rare time when I was in a suit and tie. :D No problems! Times have CERTAINLY changed.

  21. Deacon Ray

    Deacon Ray Biblical Kingdoms Supporter

    Great thread, Lord Marc! I wanted to participate but other than ancient coins, I really am not aware of any of my souvenirs and memorabilia being of great antiquity. I am however the trusted curator of some of my families old curiosities that have been handed down from generations past. I have some old silver serving spoons which date back to the 1720's according to one of our local antique specialists. I also have some haunting old tintype photos in folding cases complete with with locks of hair belonging to great-great grandparents and their children who lived in Canada and New England back in the 1800's. The item below is one of the most interesting so I thought that I would share it even though it is not particularly old by ancient coin standards. I can remember this item sitting on my grandfathers roll-top desk since I was a child. He told me that his grandfather (Robert McFarland) who was a teen at the time pulled it from a pile of ash and rubble left by the devastating Boston fire of 1872. Naturally, I felt the necessity to create the poster below.


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