Shell jewelry piece found by my dad

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pickaway

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nolanbuckman

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very interesting relic, any idea about what year that was found, and where it was found?
Yes it was found in Kentucky in the Ohio river bottoms I believe it was found in 1981 my dad was ten when he found it.
 

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nolanbuckman

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It looks like it was a left handed welk shell from Florida or the gulf coast. Send a pic of the other side showing the opening. It was most likely traded up from down south. It is not a fresh water mollusk
Hi Newman man I gave it back to my dad and he has it I don’t have it anymore. Thanks for the information and outlook I will definitely tell him what you said!
 

CreekSide

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Just my opinion and I’m not a shell expert but have seen some finished shell plummets. I think it’s a preform plummet you can see the groove on the stem end I believe they were going to remove the other end but never finished it. It’s a cool find cause I’ve never seen a preform of one
 

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I don't think it's heavy enough for use as a plummet. The groove was made to cut the closed end off exposing the long center piece. It was then cut into sections and used as a tubular bead or smaller beads.
 

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