THE HOOKS DOVE
This St. Charles point was found in 1974 by a man
who was fishing along Deer Creek near Lake Choctaw
in the vicinity of Sommerford, Ohio in Madison County.
It's a good example of the Ohio style of "Dovetail" points
that have the smaller notched bases. The term "button
Base Dove" is sometimes used to describe them. This
point has become famous mainly for the rare variety of
bright red Flintridge chalcedony it was made from but
the "Hooks Dove" after Jack Hooks who owned it for a
number of years. It's considered one of the most beautiful
"Dovetails" ever found of this type.
1951 after St. Charles County, Missouri where several
examples have been found. Points like the one illustrated
here were most probably hafted onto short handles made
of either antler, bone or wood and used as knives. As the
edges became dulled or broken from cutting or scrapping
they were trimmed by pressure flaking. This resharpening
causes the edges to become beveled. The "Hooks Dove"
is a knife that wasn't sharpened enough to acquire the
long and dates to the Early Archaic period sometime between
B.C. to 6,000 B.C.