Kevin Hart of Hillsboro Oregon bought this horn from me on eBay last month. He sent me pictures and details on how he made the horn:
“I completed the smaller horn, and figured you might wish to have a look.
“Initially I was concerned that the horn might not work. It had a lot of dark area’s throughout the body but I decided to give it a go and the horn worked perfectly.
This powderhorn is titled, “Cheyenne Ledger Book Horn”. It depicts a horn made by either a Cheyenne warrior or a trapper of the period who camped around Bent’s Fort or worked at the fort in South-Eastern Colorado around 1837.
The Scrimshaw art on it reflects the style found in many period Cheyenne ledger books.
I have a great fondness for Ledger Book Art. Bent’s Fort was a fur trading post on the mountain branch of the Santa Fe Trail where traders, trappers, travelers, and the Cheyenne & Arapaho tribes came together in peaceful terms for trade. A wonderful place to see and explore.
This horn is about 16” long from tip to the back finial.
It features an aged medium yellow body, black throat & high distressed black turned pine base plug.
Scene shows Bent’s Fort as it looked from 1833 into the early 1840s. Many tribes set up their lodges around the fort during trading season .
Also shown is an Indian on a Buffalo hunt, where they would run the Buffalo and bring their horse dangerously close to the animal they were hunting.
My Maker’s mark, where it usually sits these days on the back/bottom of the horn.
The finial is a turned antler horn that’s been highly aged, and the tip is also turned antler horn that I’ve stained and aged as well.
The base plug is held in place with brass pins/tacks that have also been aged and the tip is held in place using small thin pins.
It features a high degree of engrailing design and scrimshawed art.
The horn can be worn either left or right, but is truly a left side horn.
For more information on this horn an others, contact Kevin Hart, firstname.lastname@example.org