Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Morphy auctions 5.27.2020: RARE "PITSBOURG" ENGRAVED MAP POWDER HORN WITH BRITISH CREST, ATTRIBUTED TO THE POINTED TREE CARVER

This horn was on display in Fort Pitt's exhibit "From Maps to Mermaids: Carved Powder Horns in Early America" between July 1 and December 31, 2018. This is one of only three known Fort Pitt horns by the noted artist known as the "Pointed Tree Carver". Walter stated "this professionally engraved horn depicts that indomitable English stronghold, Fort Pitt, here labeled 'PITSBOURG' in a banner, at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers where they form the great Ohio, which is also depicted and labelled "OHIO / RIVER". Also shown is the British Great Seal, and a hunter shooting at a grazing buck. Undated, but of the 1760's. The horn has a short extended lobe with one hole for a carrying strap and a modest vase shaped spout. It is also fitted with a flat, wooden plug. Overall, this curved horn measures 14 -1/2 " overall. For another similar example, see plate 83 of John DuMont's book "American Engraved Powder Horns". 

CONDITION: Horn retains a dark undisturbed patina. The back side shows heavy carry wear and is worn smooth. Some chipping to relief rings below spout. Pressure fitted plug is loose and shows some chipping. A very rare French and Indian War Pennsylvania horn with a nice untouched surface.

Minimum Bid: $7,500.00

Current Bid: $7,500.00

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000

Number Bids: 1













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