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Ancient Weapons and Tools

Antiquities authenticated and attributed by Alex G. Malloy.

Roman, Bronze Repousse Plaque with Centaur Holding a Bow, Lorica Sqaumata Armor Plate(?), c. 1st - 3rd Century B.C.

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Likely used in some legionary application; perhaps as a lorica squamata legionary armor plate segment.
AA59779. Roman, bronze repousse, 1.75 x 1.75 inches, c. 1st - 3rd century A.D.; sheet bronze hammered from behind in repousse technique to raise the figure of a centaur holding a bow, remains of two rivet holes where it was attached, tear on body, rare and interesting; from a New Jersey collection; $720.00 (640.80)

Germany, Iron Mace Head, Late Medieval, 1400 - 1500

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.
AW36874. Heavy metal mace head, ball with five protruding rounded points to the back is a loop for suspension, 10.1 cm long; black patina with some rust, Choice, $500.00 (445.00)

Roman, Large Iron Borer or File, 1st - 3rd Century A.D.

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Another piece from the same group as this borer was dated by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to 120 A.D. with a probable range of 80 A.D. - 160 A.D. Testing was done using an innovative technique which measures the carbon isotope ratio of the trace carbon in the iron. This carbon comes from the wood used in the production of the iron which must be of essentially the same age as the tool itself. Results were published in the journal, Radiocarbon, Summer 2001.
AE61804. Roman borer, cf. Petrie, 'Tools and Weapons', pl. LXV, 40; 7 inches, indent at one end for attaching handle, $215.00 (191.35)

Narino, Columbia, Capuli Complex, Sea Shell Shaped Potter Ocarina (Flute), 850 - 1500 A.D.

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An ocarina is a wind instrument in the category of vessel flutes.
AE61810. Pottery ocarina, 3.7 inches, Choice, in the form of a sea shell with incised dot and cross designs on a highly burnished gray surface; $215.00 (191.35)

Egypt or Levant, Conical Game Piece, c. 300 - 100 B.C.

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Senet, from Egypt, is man's oldest board game. In Egypt, it was often placed in tombs because it was used in a religious gaming ritual performed in or near the tomb in accordance with the Book of the Dead. It was also intended as a pastime for the afterlife. The game is also found in graves in the Levant and as far as Cyprus and Crete.

AS34488. Gaming token; cf. Malloy, American Games, 26 (baby blue); Petrie, Objects of Daily Use, pp. 53 - 55 & pl. XLVIII (various Egyptian game pieces), 18 mm high, pale green faience, rounded cone; $160.00 (142.40)

Roman Republic, Lead Glandes Sling Bullet, 2nd - 1st Century B.C.

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According to the contemporary report of Vegatius, Republican slingers had an accurate range of up to six hundred feet.
AW66458. Lead glandes sling bullet; cf. Petrie XLIV 15-23; roughly almond shaped, c. 40 - 90 grams, c. 3 - 5 cm long, one sling bullet randomly selected from the same group as those in the photo, ONE BULLET; $25.00 (22.25)


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