Acquired by Timeless on the UK antiquities market, 2019.

Norman Arrowhead

This frame contains a hand-forged, British-found leaf-bladed iron arrowhead dating from 11th – 13th centuries AD. The arrowhead is of 

Type T2 (Jessop, Medieval Arrowheads Typology, 1997) and without doubt military in origin.

 

Arrowheads of this age were typically tanged (rather than socketed); the head being attached to the shaft with either resin or sinew, and given its period, it is entirely possible that this military arrowhead may have seen service during the Norman invasion of England. 

 

Of course, we can never know its true history – but whoever owned it, and however it was used, it remains a timeless treasure.

 

Provenance

Acquired by Timeless on the UK antiquities market, 2019.

Bronze Age Palstave Axe Head

A beautifully preserved Middle Bronze-Age Palstave Axe-head dating from the second millennium B.C.E.

 

The Palstave Axe (erroneously named after an ancient Icelandic digging tool – the Palstabe) is, much like the lanceolate-bladed spearhead, a classic artefact of the British Bronze Age and high on the wish-list of almost every metal detectorist and history enthusiast.

 

There are well over a dozen types of British Palstave Axe-head – this particular piece being an example of a Group II Early Non-Looped Palstave, displaying the spatulate blade, midrib and raised edges beyond the central stop, which are all typical of its type. 

 

Framed in a glassless, hand-finished bronze-effect wood, this stunning piece of Britain’s ancient history could be yours to own.

Provenance

Acquired by Timeless in 2017 on the specialist UK antiquities market, formerly in a private collection of a London gentleman.

Palaeolithic Hand Axe

A fantastic ovate-shaped early Palaeolithic hand axe, dating from the Mid Acheulian and fashioned from a black-patinated fine-grained hardstone. This enigmatic hand axe is bifacially-worked and beautifully preserved, given its great age.

 

Knapped by the hominid species Homo erectus or Homo heidelbergensis around 200,000 years ago, it would grace the wall of any home. Framed and hand-finished in ash.

Provenance

Acquired by Timeless on the UK Mineral and Fossil Market, 2018. Originally of North African provenance.
 

Megalodon Tooth

The giant prehistoric shark, Carcharodon (Carcharocles) megalodon, was an incredibly successful apex predator that dominated the world’s oceans in the Miocene and Pliocene epochs 23–2.6 million years ago. Evolved from the earlier giant shark, Otodus obliquus — a type of ancient mackerel shark that grew larger than a great white — the Megalodon’s huge size (over 60’ in length) was probably a result of the evolution of large sea-going mammals during the Eocene.

 

Like most sharks both extinct and extant, the Megalodon regularly shed its teeth as they became worn or damaged. This particular tooth is almost 5" from root to tip, with a beautiful beautiful grey-blue enamel and an incredibe patination which we blogged about here.

Provenance

Acquired by Timeless on the UK fossil and mineral market, 2019. Originally discovered in North Carolina, USA.

Medieval Broadhead