Friday, April 21, 2023

Sotheby's Auction: American Revolutionary War Carved and Engraved Powder Horn, Dated 1780

American Revolutionary War Carved and Engraved Powder Horn

Dated 1780

Fully engraved with the date 1780/USA encompassed in a heart with the initials CS; the verse LET FIERY BOMBS & CHANY FRAGMENTS FLY / & HEATED BULLETS WHISTLE THRO THE SKY surrounded by flowering vines and two crowned figures holding an arching branch amongst various folk art imagery, such as a hunter shooting a stag and birds with the phrase GREEN FOR REST above a church, windmill, tree and crown engraved RURAL SEAT and an Indian battling a snake with the phrase DEATH AT LEAST. The recessed neck carved with double ring turnings and chip carved throat.

Length 14 in.

In overall very fine condition. Plug/stopper likely replaced.

Estimate: $4,000 - 6,000 SOLD: Jan. 2023 for $16,380

Copy and photographs from Sotheby's here.

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