September 26, 2018 O'Connor's Americana Collection
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 9/26/2018
A beautifully executed and well designed horn with intricate details. This horn has been known in the collecting community because of its image of a soldier with a lady in a compromising position. The horn is inscribed "W R : S." "in : c : s. c. Y" "H B." This has been determined that this probably stands for "William R. Sutherland in Captain Sinclair's (77th Highlanders) Ye Highland Battalion." See the Alexander Sutherland powder horn in this sale, also attributed to The Master Carver. This other horn has a similar inscription, but completely written out, rather than abbreviated. Additional images engraved on this horn include a Highlander with basket- hilted sword, Indians with weapons and a British flag. A horseman and hounds, along with Hussars/mounted soldiers with swords drawn are also engraved. There is a fort with a British flag at the spout and another palatial building at the butt end. A six horse drawn wagon and a wonderfully detailed insect are also pictured. This horn is fitted with a nicely patinated, domed butt cap with an iron staple. The plug is secured with eight wooden pegs. The horn measures 10 - 1/2 " overall. This is one of 19 known horns, which Walter attributed to the skilled hand of The Master Carver. This horn was included in James E. Routh, Jr's presentation "American Engraved Powder Horns" found in Bulletin Number 42 of The American Society of Arms Collectors from Spring 1980. According to Routh, "this horn may have belonged to a member of Archibald Montgomery's Highland Regiment which was active in New York during the French and Indian War. The engraved design is European in concept. Incongruous are figures of Indians sandwiched between Scotts, Turks and European castles. Letters engraved on the horn are as yet undeciphered." Ex. Joe Kindig. Condition: Excellent, as described. Beautiful honey colored patina. Horn appears to have had a charger at the spout, which is now missing. There is chipping and small hairline cracks at the tip. It also appears to have had an extended lobe which is now missing.
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $10,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $33,000.00
Estimate: $20,000 - $40,000
Number Bids: 15
Auction closed on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.
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