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

This frame contains a hand-forged, European broadhead iron arrowhead dating from the 13th century A.D. The arrowhead is of type MP 7 (Jessop, Medieval Arrowheads Typology, 1997) and may have been used for either hunting or warfare.

 

Socketed medieval arrowheads are typically British-made. When used in battle, the arrowheads would be very loosely attached to the shaft with wax. This would prevent the arrows from being shot back, as the head would remain in whatever it had hit.

 

The arrowhead is almost 8cm long and in very fine condition, with a beautiful pale green patina, socket and attachment hole. Framed in hand-finished driftwood, outer measurements are c. 38cm x 28cm

Provenance

Formerly in the collection of a European gentleman living in South Africa.

Fossil Fish Display

There are places in the world where the presence of fossils makes them very special.

 

The Jurassic Coast in southern England, for example, can be considered the birthplace of palaeontology. Similarly, the bone fields of the Gobi Desert, Australia’s Ediacara Hills, the stunning window into Cambrian life that is Canada’s Burgess Shale – all are iconic fossil bearing locations and well known to anyone with an interest in ancient life.

 

However, in terms of sheer abundance of fossils, few places can rival the Green River Formation on the Great Plains of Utah, Wyoming and Colorado. The chances are that if you collect fossils, at least one of your collection will come from this rock formation.

 

Formed 50 million years ago from three huge freshwater lakes, the rocks of Green River consist primarily of fine-grained sandstones and mudstones – perfect for preserving the fine detail of the animals that lived and died there in the early Eocene epoch.

 

This beautiful example of a well-known Green River Formation fish is now available in the Timeless Galleries. The species’ full name is Knightia eocaena – a type of extinct herring that is the world's most commonly extracted vertebrate fossil.

 

Sympathetically framed without glass in a hand-finished driftwood, the outer frame measures 28cm x 24cm

Provenance

Acquired by Timeless on the UK Fossil and Mineral Market, 2019.

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