Large Powder Horn with Federal-period Scrimshaw

Large, 16 inches long horn, showing a black color near the tip and cream near the wood plug. The wooden plug is fitted with a brass lanyard ring and attached with handmade copper nails.

The lower half of the horn is scrimshawed with two scenes: The first scene is a three-mast vessel flying the American flag. The second scene depicts a Native American warrior and a soldier in close combat. The soldier has a high-collar tunic with tails and is wearing a shako (the uniform is generally similar to those worn by the U.S. Army in the War of 1812). Both scenes are framed by simple wire borders. The name, "J.T. Grant" is scrimshawed between the two scenes. Next to the name is an serpent entwined around a pillar. Two woodsmen armed with rifles and a hound are light scrimshawed above the warship and battle scenes. The scrimshaw appears to be period and well executed. This is an outstanding scrimshawed powder horn from the Federalist period and War of 1812. The plug in the spout is missing.

Provenance:Sold by Rock Island in 2010 for close to $3300.


Good. Wood plug has some losses and scratching overall. Scrimshaw is fading to some areas, but is well retained overall. 

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
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