Saturday, June 15, 2013

Cheyenne Ledger Book Powder Horn by Kevin Hart

The Scrimshaw art on it reflects the style found in many period Cheyenne ledger books. I have a great fondness for Ledger Book Art.  Bent’s Fort was a fur trading post on the mountain branch of the Santa Fe Trail where traders, trappers, travelers, and the Cheyenne & Arapaho tribes came together in peaceful terms for trade, a wonderful place to see and explore. Verse found on horns of the F & I, and Revolutionary war periods. I took artistic license and used it on a 1837 horn.

“Importance of dry powder still applied.
Yes, it is so.”
This horn is about 16” long from tip to the back finial.
It features an aged medium yellow body, black throat & high distressed black turned pine base plug. Scene shows Bent’s Fort as it looked from 1833 into the early 1840s.  Many tribes set up their lodges around the fort during trading season. Also shown is an Indian on a Buffalo hunt, where they would run the Buffalo and bring their horse dangerously close to the animal they were hunting. My Maker’s mark, where it usually sits these days on the back/bottom of the horn. The finial is a turned antler horn that’s been highly aged, and the tip is also turned antler horn that I’ve stained and aged as well. The base plug is held in place with brass pins/tacks that have also been aged and the tip is held in place using small thin pins. It features a high degree of engrailing design and scrimshawed art. The horn can be worn either left or right, but is truly a left side horn.

“Initially I was concerned that the horn might not work.  It had a lot of dark area’s throughout the body but I decided to give it a go and the horn worked perfectly."

Copy and photos supplied by Linda Shorb of Powder Horns.

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