James Julia Auction is having 3-Day winter Fine Art, Asian and Antique Auction. Below are some items from Day 2, February 4, 2016.
Rifleman's Pouch and Powder Horn
Attributed to the York, PA., area, circa 1800. 7" x 8" leather pouch having a flap decorated with stylized tulip, belt having a strap holding a 13" screw top powder horn. Horn is nicely polished with fine turned screw top and domed button top end. SIZE: As noted above. PROVENANCE: Estate of Siro R. Toffolon, of Old Lyme, CT. CONDITION: Small leather accessory straps have breaks and repair, main strap is intact, pouch has some cracking and leather loss but generally intact for its age. 49488-8
This hunting rig was bought from John G. W. Dillin, author of The Kentucky Rifle published by the NRA in 1924. There is a series of letters 1942-1943 with Dillin stating "The bag will be in your possession in a short time, and it's fine. The best old horn & bag I ever saw on any bag". Dillin also sold a copy of his illustrated 1924 book which also accompanies this lot. The fringed brown leather bag has a large over the shoulder strap with iron roller buckle. The bag has attached brass powder measure, vent pick and brush along with a primitive skinning knife which is brass mounted from old sword parts, bone grip with rusted 7-1/4" dagger point blade. Accompanying this lot is an old tag which reads "The late Capt. John G.W. Dillin, author of THE KENTUCKY RIFLE, once owned this outfit and used it in the field for squirrel hunting". Also included is an 8x10 photograph of Dillin holding a Kentucky rifle. PROVENANCE: Estate of Siro R. Toffolon, of Old Lyme, CT. CONDITION: Bag is fairly sound, though much of fringe is dry and portions missing. Strap holding horn has glued repairs as does over the shoulder belt. Knife exhibits highly rusted and pitted blade. Horn has bulbous top, measures 13" with a wood, acorn-shaped plug, horn with good age patina. Accompanying book has page marked with a similar rig pictured. Book is sound with good decoration on cover, faded spine with foxing. 49488-2
Last half 18th century. Lot includes: 7" x 9" leather bag with strap holding pick and another accessory all held on by chain. 9" powder horn is also attached by straps and is decorated with circles, bird and pinwheel type design. Accompanying the lot is a 4-1/2" priming horn, 5-1/2" bullet mold, and 7-1/2" handled knife. SIZE: As noted above. PROVENANCE: Estate of Siro R. Toffolon, of Old Lyme, CT. CONDITION: Some repair, generally intact, very good. 49488-7