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Copy of an 1812 horn by Francis Tansel made by Tim Crosby and TC Albert

June 21, 2012

Ft. Meigs Tansel Horn by Tim Crosby and engraved by TC Albert

This horn is featured in Muzzle Blast Magazine May 2012.  It is also on The Contemporary Makers blog. The Ft Meigs horn was made by Tim Crosby and TC Albert, long-time friends of ours.  This copy is based on two original horns made by Francis Tansel. One horn is currently displayed at the Fort Meigs museum and historic site. The other is in a private collection.

Two very similar Ft. Meigs were made by Francis while he actually served at Ft. Meigs as a volunteer in Boswell’s 10th Kentucky Militia regiment. Being listed as sick, Francis Tansel was left behind at Ft. Meigs, Ohio country. General Harrison ordered all but a hundred of his troops north into Canada where they arrived in time to help defeat the British Army at the Battle of the Thames on October 5th 1813. It was probably during these events that Francis Tansel carved his Fort Meigs powder horns.

Ft. Meigs events http://www.fortmeigs.org/

TC Albert writes:

“Trench art is generally defined as an object relating to a war or conflict that was decorated by a direct participant during those events.  Francis Tansel joined Boswell’s 10th militia in May 1813 from Scott County Kentucky.  He carved and dated a pair of powder horns while stationed at Fort Meigs during the war of 1812. ”

“The special horn for this set, complete with its turned and applied walnut tip, fish mouth, and toothed engrailing  was crafted by Tim Crosby. Then, using images of the original Tansel Fort Meigs horn as a pattern, the horn was engraved by T.C Albert.

Detail of the craftsmanship of Tim Crosby and TC Albert

Contemporary Longrifle Association’s live auction commemorating the War of 1812

“Francis and his sons, John, Timothy and Stark are widely known for their famous carved powder horns, engraved in what has fittingly become known as “The Tansel” style. That they eventually settled in the Indiana territory as farmers and horn smiths is also common knowledge, but it’s not so well-known that Francis himself was a veteran of The War of 1812. We can only speculate what the bulk of his war-time experiences were, and how they influenced the recurring use of patriotic themes on the horns that he and his sons carved. This Live Auction offering tries to bring a little bit of that experience back to life.

This horn and many other 1812 items will be available August 18th 2012 at the CLA Live Auction in Lexington Kentucky.

Text from the articles  by TC Albert. Contemporary Makers Blog and Muzzle Blasts Magazine.  Photos by TC Albert

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Wild Willy Frankfort on the cover of The Horn Book

June 13, 2012

This is the cover of The Horn Book (winter 2012), the magazine of The Honorable Company of Horners.  It is an original painting by Willie Frankfort of himself sitting at a table with horn items around him.

The sign reads, “Horn Shop at Ye Gaston Town. Makers Powder horns ~ Cups ~ Spoons ~ and Snuffboxes.

At the bottom, it says: ” The Master Craftsman

A Canvas sits alone and bare awaiting a touch so tender with care

Strokes applied with care and delight, images forming an incredible sight,

A splendid design of flowers and vines of birds with feathers appearing to shine,

If you look in the center you will see the master craftsman looking at thee. ”

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Willy Frankfort tells me that this painting although nice, it’s not his favorite style.  He is an illustrator and a cartoonist and likes the folksy sketches from the 17th and 18th century.  He likes to mingle his style with that of past artists and I think it  came out really nice.

Willie writes in his biography.

Wiilliam “Wild Willy” Frankfort

Hello, I am Wm. “Wild Willy” Frankfort artist and professional Horner.

I am a registered Master Horner with the Honorable Company of Horners.  A Guild started in 1996 to assist and instruct artists and craftsmen in the endeavor of creating powder horns and other horn items.  (Cups, spoons, combs, etc.)  I became a Master in 2006 and have accumulated numerous awards for my craft.  I am a founding member of, “Rangers of the Ohio Company” and currently a member of, “The First Virginia Regiment” Experimental Archeologist, and Re-Enactors.  My passion is 18th century frontier history, particularly the Virginia backcountry.

I am currently teaching at Pricketts Fort, West Virginia in the, “Teaching History Through the Arts” program and have been an instructor with the National Parks Service and many private and local programs for the last twenty odd years.

I was looking on Wild Willy’s website and the Jamestown Horn caught my eye. It is a late 17th century style flat “partitioned” horn.  It is about 13″ long and has three panels on both sides.

The first panel is a map of the Roanok area with shipwreks, islands, and natives.  It is taken from one of the original Jamestown maps.

The next panel is of the compass rose of the of the original map, and the last is a ship from the map.

The top band states, “The pictures of sundry things from the voyage made by Sir Walter Raleigh Knight 1585.”

A WERON (Warrior)

The reverse side offers three panels of the natives from that area.

A Cheiff Lorde

The horn is covered in geometrics and has one applied ring and spout.  For more information contact William Frankfort, wildwilly1747@verizon.net, or if he is out of town, his son Zachary, zfrankfort1911@stu.aii.edu