Of all the pictures I took in 1999 this one is my favorite. This picture
centers around the large Sloan Dalton I first saw in an antique shop in
southern Illinois. The base had a little damage but otherwise it is the
best example of "hollow ground" flaking I have ever seen. I was
eventually able to borrow the point to restore, cast and photograph (see
postcards). The center of the picture shows the fine pressure flaking
along the edge. It is also one of the largest Daltons of this type
measuring 10 1/4 inches long. But what is most impressive
about this Sloan Dalton is
that it is so skillfully made that there is currently no one skilled enough in this manufacturing technique that could copy it.
"Hollow ground" flaking is a procedure unique to the
Dalton culture in the U.S. The edge is very thin but the center
is thick and "rounded".
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