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    Eighteenth Century Scrimshaw Carved American Powder Horn with Great Four-line Legend and Unique Figural Motifs.
    11.5" overall with extensive coverage. One panel with antlered deer and sailing ships. Another depicts a group of four hunters with guns, one smoking a pipe, and one apparently an Indian, remarkably with a clear representation of his private parts. The hunters are accompanied by a dog, and in pursuit of an antlered deer in a depiction of woods. The panel with the legend shows considerable aging and portions of it are difficult to decipher. The first two lines are clearly "Powder & Ball/ Make Heroes Fall". The third line is "Stephen A." followed by ( ) AE XXII" The fourth line is apparently the surname, being difficult to read but "E...man" is clearly visible followed by what appears to be the date 1768. Doubtless discernible with careful examination. The top edge of the raised portion of the horn, just below the chip carving is "Anno Domini", with what was apparently a date but indecipherable. The horn displays a dark rich patina with no cracks, chips, or worm holes, and retains what appears to be the original wooden base plug. Indigenous to the Pennsylvania/ Maryland area, and a great American horn worthy of diligent research


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    November, 2009
    17th-18th Tuesday-Wednesday
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