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Art Gallery : Powder Horns:


Note: I only make one-of-a-kind items. No two pieces are identical. I can custom make a piece for you from a drawing, a book, or a variation of a piece on my site. I may be reached via email at toddbitler@yahoo.com.


Brass Banded Scrimshawed Horn Brass Banded Scrimshawed Horn
  • 18th century powder horn with a domed scalloped plug made from cherry wood with an iron furniture pull to hold the strap
  • The plug was hollowed out on the inside like the originals to cut down the weight
  • The plug is held to the horn by an inletted scalloped brass band with brass pins
  • The spout of the horn is a separate piece slid over top of the main body and is also held at the juncture by another scalloped brass band
  • Also on the spout is a brass neck reinforcement with an iron ring that holds the strap
  • The tip of the spout has a relieved spiral design
  • The spout plug for this horn is a maple limb knot with a bone maskette (face) inlay
  • The scrimshaw on this horn consists of geometric heiroglyphs surrounding the end cap and spout. Some of these designs resemble leaves possible from the tobacco plant. Also in the design are representative animals including a male and female deer facing oposite one another. The female deer is talking to a snake coiled around a tree; on her rump is a small bird talking to the male deer.
  • Also scrimshawed on the horn is a large swan holding a fish in its mouth. Centered in the horn is a large tree on a turtle's back representing land with two large teethed fish trying to eat the land.
  • Finishing the horn is a hand woven hemp strap that has braded tassels. The strap has been frayed and stained from years of use.
  • This horn is significantly aged to represent decades of use including scratches, file marks and a lot of character. The great patina on the brass represents that of an old salvanged kettle.
  • This horn is made in the style of a Native horn which could have been taken from a white man and adapted.
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Turtle Trade Horn Indian Turtle Horn
  • 18th century Indian horn with applied brass spout; brass salvaged from a worn-out kettle. For a spout plug, a bird bone was chosen.
  • Neck of the horn has been relieved into an octagon shape and engrailed with scallops and pierced triangles
  • Also on the neck is a wide brass band pinned to the horn; soldered to this band is a lug that holds an iron ring to attach a strap
  • At the top of the horn is a flamed oak end plug pinned with iron pins. End plug has a relief carved turtle with a hieroglyphic design representing the sun; inside the sun design is a series of inlaid trade beads
  • Finishing the end cap, the head of the turtle holds an iron ring to attach the strap
  • This horn is scrimshawed in Indian fashion. It starts with intertwining thorned vines that travel from the brass band to the end cap. Between each section of vine are scrimshawed animal scenes that include two deer (1 laying and 1 standing), a coiled snake talking to a turtle, and the sun overlooking a large tree with a bear talking with a bird.
  • The patina on the brass represents decades of hard use.
  • This horn is significantly aged to represent a lot of use including scratches, a small crack at the endcap, file marks and tons of character.
  • This horn represents the style of an original Indian horn and could very well be mistaken as one.
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Animal Scrimshaw Powder Horn Animal Scrimshaw Powder Horn
  • 18th century powder horn with hand pinned antler spout with a copper wire wrapped tip
  • Hand fitted flamed cherry butt plug with a triangular relief design finished off with an iron furniture pull
  • Hand-forged steel square nails hold the plug
  • Front strap is attached with a hand-made copper eye and wire
  • Animal bone spout plug
  • Scrimshawed with animal totems and vines which include two deer, small bird, swan, pike, gar, and a sturgeon
  • Woven hemp strap with a hand-painted hieroglyphic design
  • Appropriately aged and stressed
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Starburst Indian Powder Horn

Starburst Indian Powder Horn
  • Large cow horn with brass band with hand forged ring on the neck
  • Hand shaped and hollowed cherry butt plug filed into a starburst design
  • Hand-forged steel square nails hold the plug
  • Hand-made furniture pull holds the strap
  • Animal bone spout plug
  • Strap not included
  • Appropriately aged and stressed
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Indian Powder Horn

Indian Powder Horn

An early Indian horn:
  • Snake effigy carved around the neck with chicken bone plug
  • Hand-poured tin chevron band
  • Multi-bands hand filed using triangle and chevron designs
  • Indian war record "kills" scrimshawed around base of cap
  • Strap not included
    End Cap:

  • Burled oak with hand carved red triangle motif chip carving and turtle effigy
  • Copper sun inlay on back of turtle holding an 18th century furniture pull
  • Copper scalloped ring held with brass nails

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Day Powder Horn Day Powder Horn

An early powder horn:
  • Three separate pieces of horn joined together with scalloped copper bands
  • Hand hammered copper spout with a wing bone spout plug
  • Hand carved cherry base plug with small rope and raised pin-wheel carving
  • Hand made 18th century style furniture pull holds the strap
  • Traditional eighteenth century style stain and finish
  • Strap not included
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Early Ox Powder Horn
Early Ox Horn

An early to mid-eighteenth century powder horn:
  • Hand formed decorative copper band held with brass nails
  • Walnut butt cap with hand made furniture pull
  • Recessed spout
  • Well worn and aged
  • Dimensions: 17" around the curve and 3" butt diameter
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Spotted Indian Trade Horn

A mid-eighteenth century horn:
  • Hand carved antler spout
  • Scalloped engrailed throat with a single wedding band
  • Scalloped end and butt cap
  • Hand filed antler pull knob to hold strap
  • Antiqued and aged body with polka dots
  • Dimensions: 17" around the curve and 2.75" butt diameter
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