Some interesting bone arrow points / leather and horn items.
- I visited a pair of itinerant dealers in our
local huge flea market this
weekend and bought a few bone arrowheads. Very,
very OLD arrowheads
from Inner Mongolia, or the Chinese portion they
They just returned from there on a buying trip.
show up here, but are not from this area so I
don't know if I will
see them again. I stupidly failed to obtain an
Timothy & Brad in several variations didn't turn
This was on their Chinese export labels for customs.
Dealers often drive 12 hours each way to sell here
so we have
a wide variety of items coming up and down the
eastern US area to us.
Two had points roughly like armor-piercing
rather diamond shaped in cross-section. About 3
4 1/4 inches in length. The thickness is about
5/16ths inch on both
and the width of them 9/16ths on the short one
and 7/16ths inch
on the long one. The arrow end of the heads had
rather flat wedges to
fix in the arrow. One of them, the long one,
appears to me to
have insect nibbled grooves all over the thing.
Some of us have
seen similar tracks in horns, from moths I expect,
before or after
we have finished working them. In this case it is
The third one I bought actually has a somewhat
hollow shaft end
formed from the end of a bone socket. One portion
of the cone
was open. Being a worker in bone I was rather
amazed to see a
socketed bone arrowhead. I am not sure what kind
of animal it
came from as the socket was obviously from a
fairly small bone.
The socket was somewhat tapered but obviously the
bone had an
inside cavity of less than 3/8ths of an inch at
that end. This one
is about 2 1/4" long. The point was triangular
like many asian
and roman points. The facets on the triangularly
end are all 3/8ths of an inch wide.
All three were very well faceted and I suspect
they might have
been honed with a sandstone or something similar
There is no doubt in my mind they are very old and
There was a bit of calcareous [spongey] internal
tissue on nearly
all the 20 or so arrowheads I went through. I
picked the best
three and talked the guy down from $25 each to $60
for the three.
I also picked up a folding Mongol razor and a
small socketed iron
spearhead [rather generic] from them to add to the
It could be wear patterns in the rust or it could
be a decorative
forging/etching but I think perhaps I see a long
dragon on one side of the head.
I have had several knives that were in really
rusty condition of about
20 ancient to renaissance knives I have that I
honed the rust off of
and have found an etched pattern in old Greek or
Cyrillic letters & triangles
on both sides of one and three yellow dots from a
through rivet on
the other. In this case I might see what might be
on the small spearhead.
Overall I guess it is around eight inches long.
It is very well used and
slightly bowed in the blade area being slightly
concave on one side.
I rather doubt if this one exceeds a few centuries
Finally I picked out two 3/8ths inch cubical dice
out of a fairly
large selection. Each had conical holes of about
1/8ths inch size
and had black infill in most of the holes. I have
no idea what the
binder is but the stuff in the holes that survived
is of fair depth.
The only other thing I noticed about the dice dots
is the 3 set at
a diagonal angle in the side almost always joined
the holes together.
The dealers also had some weaving shuttles that
had horn ends that
were slotted on either side to receive bamboo
outward bowed sides
in the ends, very masterfully made. The ends of
sides were rabbeted on the outside about an inch
to fit smoothly
into the slots in the horn and were glued and
pinned in place.
Used enough the shuttles were very smooth.
Holes in the inner parts of the horn for the
bobbin and holes
in the bamboo sides - probably to guide the thread
They were nicely bowed in all directions but were
not that far
from normal shuttle shapes.
They also had horn double and single ended
charging bottles for
blackpowder guns on bandoliers, a curious black
leather belt with
what appeared to me to be mostly teeth studded
dots contained in
holes cut like cabochon metal rims between the
two layers of leather.
I say teeth because they were well worn with a
visible set of layers
like tree rings on a few of them. They didn't
appear to be cowrie
shells at all. Rather round. But one was close
to 7/8ths of an inch
while the rest averaged 5/16th's +/- in diameter.
This was hardened with age but looked like it
would fit a large dog or
possibly be a shaman's device. Mongolian shamans
have a huge
range of very odd items they use and wear.
One of the odd metal items was obviously modern
steel, a tapered
square rod with a hole in the small end for a long
cord. The large
end was around an inch and the small end, filed
octagonal for a short
distance of around 2" was maybe 1/2" in cross
section. Eight or so
inches long and said to be a Dog Killer. I
suppose if your mutts get
into a vicious fight getting smacked with this
thing on a long cord
might be a safer way to end it.
They also had a number of largish leather powder
horns - most of which were
conical with horn ends, and one of which was
stitched on the lower end with
a baseball-like tongue to make a ball bottom that
necked at the top
near the horn spout end. This was all one piece
of leather, the tongue
for the baseball like rounded end being on one
side of the piece of leather.
Very bottle like and unusual. I first saw it from
the end and thought I
was looking at a ball for playing. Appeared to me
to be sewn with sinew.
Imagine a gourd with a 4" ball end, a 2" wide neck
and about 8" long.
I didn't see any plugs but I did see some cords of
colored wool on some of
Some Monglian double hooked belt claps/ends of
some sort, an eating kit with
the knife and case but missing the chopsticks in
their slot. Some horse
head harness with decorative niellloed plates with
lattice style patterns.
A few not too old swords and daggers from the WWII
These I didn't buy.
There were a few 3-4" bone pins, none sharp, with
plain cut off ends at the
other end and one with a simple cap-like end for
the head that could
pass for a 3" european bone pin from the Roman
through early medieval
Hiding in the bottom of the box was a short ear
scoop/spoon with a
3/16ths inch head set at about a 45° angle which
had been drilled for the scoop bowl.
This was rather short in my opinion, not being all
that long for reaching
into the ears, probably 2 1/4 inches long with a
simple thin round shaft -
I just bought it but have not had time to learn to
use it but I picked up
a smaller 5mp camera I intend to take on my
adventures. I wish I had
had it with me on Saturday so I could post some
pictures. I bought it for
that purpose. My other is 2.5mp and is a Sony
Mavica which saves to
mini-disc, holds 450 pictures and has to be
initialized and finalized to
load into the computer, so not so practical as a
memory stick when I
want to post something soon. When I get good
with it I will begin
showing some more unusual works with my postings.
Great Barony of Windmasters' Hill [SCA], Manx,
Adria, Great Dark Horde,