Lot consists of 2 post-Civil War powder horns for the St. Louis Turnverein. At the beginning of the 1830s, many Germans were lured to Missouri by the romanticized descriptions of the state, which described Missouri as the American Rhineland. German immigrants established organizations known as "Turnvereins," which acted as social, athletic, gymnastic, and political centers for German-Americans in the community, with members known as "Turners." Soon after the organization of the society, a rifle section was formed with about 50 members who were pledged to military obedience when in service. They elected their officers and instructors, bought their own rifles, participated in weekly drills, arranged target practices, and performed trial marches to neighboring cities. Horn (A) features attractive silver mounts with the largest and most eye-catching mount toward the endcap. The horn features a presentation escutcheon and is dated "8th Mai 1882".
CONDITION: Good. Ivory plugs with nice patina and a few cracks. Body in good condition with scattered blemishes. Mounts exhibit a pleasing patina; some are slightly loose. (B) Another horn that is similar to the first. Silver escutcheon dated "19th Sept. 1969".
CONDITION: Good. Nice patina to silvered mounts, upper mount slightly loose. One ivory plug with nice patina and a few cracks.
From the Louie Parker Collection.