Wednesday, October 19, 2011

October 25th Auction at Cowan's

Horn by the Pointed Tree Master

15" length, with two raised rings, smooth throat and spout. Lob with two holes. Wood base. Engravings consist of the British Royal Crest houses, trees, hunters, deer, Indians carrying rifles and tomahawks, and forts. While many 'pointed tree' horns have turned up in Eastern Pennsylvania they also have turned up in other regions. For an almost identical horn by this maker see Dresslar,1996:pp22-23

Engraved Powder Horn and Hunting Bag
8.75" length, wood base, raised ring, engravings of a boy holding a rifle with a stringer of fish, deer with antlers, E. Pluribus Unum and patriotic eagle at the top of the horn, a lady in a horse-drawn buggy and a rooster. WP 1854 and WHV in a rectangle. Plus a small beaver skin bag with remnants of a leather shoulder strap. This horn and pouch were found under a porch in Knoxville, Iowa.
Condition: Horn has a very nice untouched patina. There is a small chip out of the opening on the spout. Original metal "U"-shaped iron pin in the base. Bag is in good condition with the strap being in pieces.

French Model 1766 Flintlock Musket with American Lock

.69 caliber, 44.5" barrel. Ramrod and the side lock bolt have been replaced. This firearm is distinguished from its predecessors by a presence of a spring that retains the rear band.

These muskets were altered in France specifically for the use of American Revolutionary war soldiers. The combs of the stock were lowered so that the soldiers could take aim (in contrast to the European practice of un-aimed firing).

Unlike French locks, this specimen lacks an internal bridle on the tumbler. This item lacks any markings and were likely 'cleaned off'. During the American Revolution the lock making was restricted to Pennsylvania. This firearm is a well used American Charleville musket which was assembled at the Continental Arms Manufactory in Philadelphia.

Copy and Images from Cowan's Auctions.

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