Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    UNIQUELY RARE AND IMPORTANT INDIAN-CARVED POWDER HORN ca.1830-1860 - Extremely rare and important, this example of American Indian art virtually never appears on weapon related objects. The surface of the horn is virtually filled with scenes incised with a sharp point, by one who was clearly practiced and artistic. It is also obvious that there is no doubt whatsoever that these scenes and figures were drawn by a Native American artist. The technique is uniquely theirs. The horn runs from beige to brown black. The patina is untouched. The main vignettes include: (1) A village of 5 teepees, 3 seated Indians, 1 reclining, a bow & arrow, and lance and shield. Grass and foliage is indicated; (2) A mounted warrior chasing a buffalo toward another Indian with drawn bow; (3) A camp scene with pot suspended over a fire flanked by 4 Indians; (4) An Indian wearing a full animal skin, and carrying a bow/arrows, sneaking up on two buffalo; (5) An Indian with a gun seated in a blind, as a deer or elk approaches (large antlers); (6) A wonderful sequence of a large bear stalking an Indian holding a tomahawk, stalking a white man with a gun, stalking a bird; (7) A bear at full run chasing an Indian with gun also running, and (8) An Indian paddling a canoe. Most figures have feathers in their hair and some wear fringed leggings. Each figure drawn with the fewest possible lines, yet the impression is superb. Some due to the thinness of lines against the dark horn are not easily seen, unless in good light. None are worn off. Under a loupe, the detail is marvelous, and pure Native expression. The wood plug was put in with a fringed shim of leather and some thin leather laces, all intact. Fringe is mostly worn off. Big end had an iron eye for the sling, now gone. Small end shows this was meant for large bore musket or trade gun. One of the most outstanding objects of its kind. Museum q

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2007
    11th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,910

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2019 March 15 Musical Instruments - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The resulting auction of my property overwhelmed me. I want to thank Tom Slater and the Heritage team for a very satisfactory experience and profitable result with my historical consignment.
    Henry L.,
    Lexington, KY
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 November 10-11 The David and Janice Frent Collection of Presidential & Political Americana, Part IV - Dallas
    2018 November 10-11 The David and Janice Frent Collection of Presidential & Political Americana, Part IV - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $654,597