Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Powder Horn by John Proud with the Original

Burt and Lynne Hamrick own the original and I have Burt’s permission to identify him as the owner.

While I have posted pictures of a similar horn previously, that was done from a small photo clipped from a catalog  many years ago. That little picture did not show what I consider the a most intriguing feature of this beautiful relief carved creation. That feature came to light when pictures of the original were posted on this blog and led to me contacting Burt Hamrick, owner of the original, to arrange to examine and photograph it. Burt was very gracious and offered to loan me the original to make a bench copy.

I refer to the horn as the “MGR-1852” after that most interesting feature. At the base of the horn, in a triangular panel, is a scene of a man and woman holding hands with a seated musician to one side and a small chair on their other side. In an adjacent panel are three initials below the date 1852. I speculate that the horn was done to celebrate the wedding of M and G, R. Burt told me the horn came out of Cocke County, Tennessee and had been in the Robert Baxter family’s possession. Beyond that, nothing else is know about this horn.

However, whoever made this horn was very imaginative, artistic and skilled at relief carving. It is the only horn of this style that I am aware of and that is another interesting feature.

Copy and photos supplied by John Proud.


  1. I wonder if Cocke County has marriage records for 1852 that might reveal the couple's names. Basic geneology research could work. Worth a shot.

  2. This is an example of artistry taken to the highest level. Fabulous horn, John.

  3. Absolutely incredible work.


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