|eagle effigy piece.|
She asked us about our collections. Kyle told her that he was into arrowheads and she asked him to identify something that had her mind boggled. She reached into a jar and pulled out a flint napped object.
"Well, that's an eagle effigy piece," said Kyle, "They're kind of controversial."
"How much is it worth?" Asked the owner.
"....20 bucks? Maybe." Answered Kyle.
I coveted her effigy at that point. It had to be mine and I began to haggle. I didn't care if it was controversial. I needed it.
"I'll give you 7 bucks."
"OK, how about ten?"
"Give me 12 and it's a deal."
Of course I paid the money. That piece felt so good to hold, worth every penny...and an arrowhead shaped like an eagle? That blew my mind. It was worth the risk as far as I was concerned. This is where the controversy begins. Apparently, no archeologist believes that eagle effigies exist, they believe all of them are counterfeits. Eagle effigies have never been found at burial sites or archeological digs. Ipso Facto....they don't exist. I did a little research and found that arrowhead books written in the 1800's had chapters about eagle effigies and why they were fake. People have been counterfeiting them since people started wanting to own arrowheads. Crazy. A long time ago they were sold at tourist traps. I didn't know what to think but... it's probably a fake. The patina is believable and the flint naps looks unbelievably authentic...but people that counterfeit are good at their jobs.
Later in the day I called the woman at the antique store and told her the story. I even told her I found a couple on Ebay. (they sell for a lot on ebay...I didn't get ripped off). She told me that she found the piece in a box of jewlery that hadn't been opened in 36 years. So...it's old. It's controversial. It's beautiful. It's art as far as I'm concerned and I keep it in my studio for good luck.
It's quite the conversation piece.