A ways back, I purchased a couple of really, really cheap horns for my then 9 and 13 year old nephews, basically to use as toys. I overhauled one for the eldest a couple of years ago and it came out OK. So not long ago the youngest one wanted his horn improved a little. The first 5 pictures show the $17 horn as it started out.
I asked him if he had anything in mind for his horn and told him I probably could not do much engraving because the horn was so dark. He's into pirates about now and wanted to know if I could do anything on the horn that was from Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island". I wasn't sure I could do much but said I would give it a try....I shouldn't have asked !
I made a new base plug, applied an antler tip, and made a couple of brass ring fittings to attach a strap. The map is from one of the original contemporary drawings of the mythical Treasure Island and the ship is rigged like a mid 18th century "Hispaniola". The stopper is turned rosewood and is supposed to look like a ship's stern lantern. I tried to make the whole thing not look too cartoon like. At any rate, this is how it came out......
Copy and photos supplied by David Crisalli.