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    Scrimshaw Carved American Powder Horn, Circa 1750 or Possibly Earlier. 15.25" overall, indigenous to Maryland/ Pennsylvania, and very possibly from the Chesapeake Bay area. The horn exhibits 100% coverage, with both human and animal figures, including antlered deer, tortoise, duck, and other game birds, along with vine and leaf motifs, hearts, geometric designs, and the iconic 18th century winged cherub. The human figures include two representations of what are clearly Native Americans. An important 2" x 3" panel near the top of the horn depicts two figures in a boat with a sail, with a large fish underneath. The figure at the right is attacking the fish with a six pronged gig, while the figure at the left is in the act of throwing a net, again attesting to the horn's possible Chesapeake Bay origins. The name "Nehemiah Hobart" is neatly carved in 5/8" high block letters in a 6.5" panel. The original wooden butt is held in place with seven iron brads. A large script "N" is carved in the face of the butt. The horn is carved with a narrow ring near the spout to accommodate a sling. There are a few chips at the bottom edge, one of which was apparently the small pierced lip for suspension, half of which remains. The horn is otherwise in perfect condition with very attractive mellow age patina. The folk art character of this horn is really over the top, and certainly one of the most charming examples we've ever seen. A great 18th century carved American horn.

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    December, 2009
    12th Saturday
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