The special horn for this set, complete with its turned and applied walnut tip, fish mouth, and toothed engrailing was crafted by Tim Crosby. Then, using images of the original Tansel Fort Meigs horn as a pattern, the horn was engraved by T.C Albert.
Francis and his sons, John, Timothy and Stark are widely known for their famous carved powder horns, engraved in what has fittingly become known as “The Tansel” style. That they eventually settled in the Indiana territory as farmers and horn smiths is also common knowledge, but it’s not so well known that Francis himself was a veteran of The War of 1812. We can only speculate what the bulk of his war time experiences were, and how they influenced the recurring use of patriotic themes on the horns that he and his sons carved. This 2012 CLA Live Auction offering tries to bring a little bit of that experience back to life.
Copy and photos supplied by T.C. Albert.