Friday, August 20, 2021

The Bill Myers Collection by Morphy Auctions


This may very well be the only hunting bag accompanied by a Tansel-Engraved powder horn. The single brown leather pouch has edges adorned with triangular cut fringes. The rounded flap also has an edge cut with triangular fringes en suite, along with pierced circles around the entire edge. The pouch is complete with its original leather carrying strap and a suspended Tansel engraved powder horn. The horn measures about 13" overall and has a bulbous turned wooden butt retained by wooden pegs and round nails. The spout has three relief rings. Top of main carved portion is shaped like an open mouth, as is typical on Tansel powder horns. The horn is engraved with a patriotic American eagle with wings spread and clutching arrows in its talons. There is a large American shield engraved on the eagle's breast. Other depictions include a cavalry officer on horseback being threatened by a rabid dog; a running doe and an "E. PLURIBUS UNUM" banner in block letters. On the left side of the carrying strap, there is a carved wooden percussion cap holder for 7 caps, front is carved with a double line incised border. There is also a suspended antler powder measure with turned tip. The accessories were also probably made by Tansel. 

CONDITION: Pouch shows some crazing and flaking, along with losses to fringed edges. There is a vertical stitched repair along the right side on the front of the flap. Carrying strap shows some cracking to surface. Powder horn shows heavy carry wear from bag on bag and some engraving is worn. There are a couple of cracks at the spout and one minor round hole due to insect damage on the front near the plug. Horn retains a pleasing brown honey patina. Nipple holder and measure are very good. A very attractive bag and horn. 

Est: $8,000 - $15,000

September 29, 10:00 AM EST
Denver, PA

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