c. 1760-1780 Colonial to Revolutionary War Era, American Scrimshaw Powder Horn, with Hand-Engraved Town Scene and Vignettes. An original, authentic American made “Folk Art” Style 7.5” long Powder Horn. Nicely Engraved with a Town or City Scene titled, "ITHACA - N. York" (Backwards “N”) with large engraved "G R B" carved initials with several other smaller decorations, including a single running Fox. Wooden large end cap plug with later screw at center. Actual wear from use having no defects or detractions worth a mention.
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