Wednesday, May 13, 2020

2020 CLA Live Auction: Battle of Kings Mountain 1780 Expedition Rig by Jack Weeks and Rick Lorenzen

Jack and Rick have assembled a rig typical of the American Patriots  that hailed from settlements in North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky that formed The Overmountain Men who fought valiantly for the protection of their homes and families.

Charles William Parkingham Hooper Adams 1745-?, Jack's 5th great grandfather, trekked east from his frontier home in western North Carolina to fight the British at the Battle of Kings Mountain with William "Lenoir's Rangers" in 1780.

Jack's simple 8 x 9 inch bark tanned deer hide bag has a woven strap and a forged iron buckle. The strap carries a forged vent pick and Jack's hand made bear hair pan whisk. Bag and strap are hand dyed dark brown and aged.

Jack included a dyed to match, handmade bark tanned deer hide ball bag with a whittled maple stopper. It sports decorative red deer hair cone tassels and a braided hemp cord strap.

Rick's superb large gray-green scrimshaw horn is graced with floral and geometric designs including an eagle, folk art animals and a crescent moon and stars. "Lenoir's Rangers NC 1780" pays tribute to this North Carolina Revolutionary Company that fought and died for our freedom. An engraved quote from the bible, John 15.1, calls to mind that there is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends.

Rick's horn is 16" on the outside curve. The turned wood plug is secured with wooden pegs. It also features a paneled tip with an engrailed edging. Attached to the horn tip is a boar's tooth powder measure. Jack added an adjustable vegetable tanned strap with forged iron buckle.

Rick donated an 11" belt knife with 6" blade with a dark brown deer antler handle that really completes the rig (maker unknown). Jack spruced it up with a vegetable tanned sheath hand laced with raw silk and then hand dyed it all to match the bag and horn.

The guys are rightfully proud of this rig. It's constructed simply but reflects the deadly purpose of the Overmountain men, to safeguard their families and drive the British from their land.

Jack Weeks
Two Ravens Leather Work
P.O. Box 214
Luzerne, MI 48636

Rick Lorenzen Powderhorns
P.O. Box 1640
Acme, Michigan 49610

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