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LOT 0366

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Bid History: 1   |   Current bid: £1
BRITISH BRONZE AGE 'DUNSTABLE' FOUNDER'S AXEHEAD HOARD
15TH-9TH CENTURY B.C.

An entire Late Bronze Age founder's hoard comprising: a complete looped palstave axe, with a fragment of another; with five complete or almost so socketted axes, some showing linear ornament to the sockets, with fragments of three others; with a small socketted gouge and together with three pieces of copper 'bun' ingot and a conical waste casting sprue. 1 3/8 - 4 1/2 in. (3.4 kg total, 3.5-11.5 cm). [15, No Reserve]

PROVENANCE:
Found whilst searching with a metal detector near Dunstable, Bedfordshire, UK.
Acquired from a Cambridgeshire antiques shop circa 1995.
Private collection of a Suffolk, UK, gentleman.

LITERATURE:
See Evans, J., The Ancient Bronze Implements, Weapons and Ornaments of Great Britain and Ireland, London, 1881, figures 102, 112, 114, 116 and 205, for very similar examples of these types.

CONDITION