Love dat Nueces flint...gorgeous.
Very delicate work on the gorget, I'm thinking it took longer and more serious attention to drill small holes like that than much larger holes.
Now that "spoon point" is a real piece of history. On the SE side of the city limits of Montell is a historical marker noting the site of a Spanish mission ( 1700's I think ). Maybe a Spanish spoon ? ( stolen from the mess hall by some wayward Cristian convert ? )
Thanks Flint, I have read in their last years they started using any type metal they could find, from gun parts,wagon hardware etc. I guess a lot of the iron points simply deteriorated over the years, but the copper and silver points survived.
We sure need a dig down in that part of the country.
Few yrs ago some of the top diggers in Tx were having a tech talk on that Nueces watershed..Just the KNOWN sites is tremendous along with seeming overlap of most of the better known tribes of Tx.
More tech talk, admittedly the flint can be beautiful BUT the QUALITY & SIZE of even the "field grade" points are consistently exemplary. Why this area ?, maybe some minerals in the river water ?
On the negative side...that mission marker sign in Montell specifically notes that the Spanish closed the mission because the financial burden could not be sustained, too many local Indians were seeking benefits from the missionaries, not for "conversion" reasons but for safety from other agressive Indians.
Googled " OLD SPANISH TABLEWARE "...No positive ID, mainly cause the spoon point does not have enough original left.. BUT there are HUNDREDS of reference links for people that collect flatware.
Small treasure in those additional pieces, that fat, leaf like Montell upper R is described by D Rogers as a true "Montell Knife"..they were made oversized L & R for the express reason of resharpening with use.