Lot 41: The "Parks" Porphyry Popeye Birdstone.
May 17, 2014
Denver, PA, USALive Auction
Description: 3500 - 2500 B.P. DeKalb Co., Indiana. In his epic 1959 book "Birdstones of the North American Indian", pages 382 - 383, Earl had this to say about the Parks bird - "Beautiful and unique pale blue matrix with cream colored spots." This exceptionally fine specimen was found in October, 1950, on the Floyd Meyers Farm near Butler by Wellington Young while picking up potatoes behind a potato digger. It is shown at color plate IV. The ridge treatment differs considerably from that of figure A, the rear ridge being much larger than the front one. Note the rare, upturned tail similar to that noted on the slate specimen at figure C., of plate 174. It also has the undercut jaw and pointed beak. In a second entry in the book Earl adds: "This rare specimen of porphyry with an unusual bluish cast possesses a poise and style all its own." Over the years the Parks bird was given the moniker "blue" because of its unique color. One of the rarest features of "blue" is the fact that Earl Townsend could never buy it from Parks! Perhaps it was because, once held in the hand, the incredible balance, symmetry and perfect proportions of 'blue" create such a desire to possess that even Earl Townsend's money could not pry it away from Parks. This is the first time since it's 1950 discovery that the Parks birdstone will be offered for public sale. Size L. 4" x W. 7/8" x H. 1 - 5/8"
Dimensions: L. 4" x W. 7/8" x H. 1 - 5/8"