Artifacts Museum -
Our private collection page features artifacts from some of the nicer collections in the country. We are featuring all grades and collections from all over the USA and will be adding more as submissions come in. You can click the links below to go directly to the page of your choice. You can also scroll down to the ( Show More Collections / Artifacts ) button on the bottom of the gallery to continue viewing all the items in each gallery.
List of Private Collections:
A friend of mine owns this piece. It is among the finest in the country.
These Snyder points came from the private collection of Jason G. Harrison. They are some of the finest Snyders ever to be found in our vicinity.
These Collection of Miller Cave finds came from Pulaski Co Missouri.
This letter was penned by the finder of this Miller Cave group.
Private Collections -
Cody Complex / Clovis / Hafted Foreshaft Spears
Private Collections - Dean M. Diaz
August 9, 1957 - September 11, 2017
This gallery contains the collection of my good friend and mentor, Dean M. Diaz. We will be adding more pictures throughout the coming weeks. Dean passed away September 11, 2017 and will be sadly missed by myself and the rest of the artifact community and all his friends and family.
One of Dean's favorite bucks. Huge bases!
When I would visit Dean, I was always impressed by this glass table of Celts. Because of this table, I collect them myself.
One of Dean's Hardstone shelves.
Dean's mantle of whopper Axes.
A huge 3/4 Groove Axe from Muscatine Iowa. It came from the Dean Diaz Collection. He was a personal friend. He called this Axe "Old Musky". He purchased it from the finder.
This picture represents exactly who Dean Diaz was!
A great set of lock ups that Dean acquired years ago.
Dean took this doe most likely on his property in Kahoka Missouri. He was a very accomplished hunter.
This buck was killed with his custom Remington 700, chambered in .270. Dean built the composite stock and free floated the barrel in his own shop.
A 17 year old Dean Diaz with a 400 lb. Black Bear he killed with his SAKO Rifle chambered in .270 Remington.
This patch belongs to Tim Mariani, a long time friend and hunting companion of Deans. They were some of the earliest members of the Bow Hunters Who Care club in the St Louis area.
Private Collections - Tom Truetken
September 19, 1959 - October 16, 2012
Tom Truetken was a digging buddy of mine. I was introduced to Tom by Rick Przygoda, another good friend of mine that I dig with. Tom was an avid artifact collector, fisherman, and golfer. He passed away on October 16, 2012 at the age of 53. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Tom won best personal find for his North Blade Cache from Lincoln Co Mo. Rick Przygoda and I saw him find the cache. (Rick had probed up this cache and let Tom dig it).
This is Tom with Roy Rule, another good friend of mine and fellow artifact collector. Tom is on the right.
This North Blade Cache was dug by Tom Truetken, and found with a probe by Rick Przygoda. Rick was kind enough to let Tom dig this cache. I was there and personally saw it come out of the ground!
Spencer co Indiana
This fine Clovis point was found by Harold Talbot in the early 1930s on the Gage Farm in Spencer Co Indiana. Harold passed this point along to his son, who in turn passed it along to me at the Owensboro Artifact Show August 4. 2019. This was once a much larger point and has been sharpened down to the size you see here in the pictures. It is strongly fluted both sides. It is a fantastic example with wonderful history.
Private Collections -Jerry Davis
This page is under construction. More pictures and data will be added soon!
(Photos used on this page were obtained with special permission from Dave Miller)
The Semo King Himself Jerry Davis
An array of fine personal artifacts found by Jerry.
One of Jerry's amazing personal finds!
Side view of pipe.
Another amazing personal find!
A very cool Celt made of Hematite from Jerry's collection.
A beautiful blade made of Cobden.
Private Collections - Dr. Bruce Stinchcomb
Dr. Bruce Stinchcomb was a professor for St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley from 1969 to 2005 and has written over 10 books in the field of Geology and Paleontology. He was also a district and field geologist with the Missouri Geological Survey from 1962 to 1963 and has worked with various companies and institutions doing geological and mineral explorations in the remote areas of Wyoming, Montana, Northern Canada, and Alaska.
A pretty assortment of arrowheads from the Dr. Bruce Stinchcomb Collection.
A nicely patinated Hardin from Lincoln Co Missouri.
A nice Etley from Ralls Co Missouri.
A very cool Hopewell found in the Bitch on Wheels Cave in Crawford Co Mo.
A beautiful Mozarkite Smith from Crawford Co Missouri.
A wonderful Archaic Stemmed found in the Salt River near New London, Mo. The creek stain and polish is fantastic!