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    Scrimshaw Carved American Powder Horn, Dated 1725. Indigenous to the Maryland area. 12" overall with 100% coverage, including human and animal figures along with vine and leaf motifs, geometric designs, and several remarkable representations we have not previously encountered. Animals include antlered deer, several unidentified species and, uniquely, a grasshopper. The human representations are of two figures wearing a crown, one of them half length with the figure holding a scepter. There is also a detailed representation of a bird cage holding a bird and, most curious of all, an animal hanging by the neck from a scaffold, with a figure, with what appears to be horns or pointed ears, standing on a ladder reaching for the animal. Carved along the top "I N 1725". Carved with a ring near the spout, and a lip at the base, for suspension. One worm hole and a few tiny chips at the base else perfect, with wonderful rich age patina. An important carved American horn, for both the date and the unique decoration and a great piece of American folk art.

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    December, 2009
    12th Saturday
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