Friday, November 26, 2010

Antique Horn

This small antique powder horn measures 11" long, as measured around the outer curve. The horn has a 1-1/4" long raised head.

The body of the horn has severe beetle damage and has a 2" long crack on one side. The 2-1/8" wide, flat butt plug is retained by metal pins and has a domed brass tack set into the butt. The plug is probably a later replacement.

The body of the horn is scrimshaw engraved with a series of folk art style animals including a lion, deer, boar, fox, fish, and others. The horn also has decorative engraved borders. The horn bears the date 1775, and next to it is another date 1807, probably commemorating events in the owner's life?

Copy and photos supplied by Track of the Wolf.

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