This horn measures 15 1/4 in. on the outside curve and 3 in. across at the base. The horn features a brass reinforcing band at the tip of the spout. There is an engrailed strap ring about 1 1/4 in. from the tip. The round spout flows down to an engrailed shoulder. The horn finishes at the base with a domed, pine plug containing an recycled eighteenth century nail for a rear strap attachment. The deep incise engraving style of the four line rhyme is loosely based on an original horn; while the rhyme itself is copied from a song of the period: "All ages shall speak with amaze and applause of the courage we'll shew in support of our cause. To die we can bear - but to serve we disdain, For shame is to freemen more dreadful than pain." The horn features two floral panels; one incorporates a flowing ribbon with "Success to American Arms" boldly carved into it. The back side of the horn has a British warship being confronted with a hell horse or as I like to call it a nytemare. The horn is heavily chip and incise carved throughout. It has been lightly distressed and has a beautiful golden yellow patina.
When Robert Weil started collecting images for the Contemporary Makers book in 1973 the challenge to record contemporary gun work was daunting. Gathering material was difficult and time consuming. Few makers thought that there was any value in published documentation of their work. Electronic publishing has changed all that. Having a website or having one's work available to view on the internet is becoming a necessity. In spite of all the potential to finally have a true overview of what's being produced by the artists of today, a great deal of work still remains covered up and basically unknown. Our role is to make an effort to document some portion of what’s going on today. To comment on the established makers and to uncover the unknown. We welcome your comments and suggestions and look to you our readers to make us aware of the talented makers out there. Art and Jan Riser Robert Weil and The Makers