Posts Tagged ‘Contemporary Longrifle Association’

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

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

J R Robison’s horn was featured in the American Traditions Magazine

June 3, 2012

JR Robison a long time friend of ours had one of his horns featured in the  American Traditions the magazine of the Contemporary Longrifle Association.

Powder Horn by J R Robison

Another horn by JR Robison

JR’s horn featured with a pouch by Allison

J. R. Robison

Thank you for sharing your talent with all of us.

18th CENTURY CAMPAIGN HORN by Scott and Cathy Sibley

February 9, 2012

The Contemporary Long Rifle Association is offering this 18th century campaign horn for their auction to be held in August 17th and 18th 2012 in Lexington KY.

Scott and Cathy Sibley Horn

The cow horn was graciously donated by Powder Horns and More of Morro Bay CA. Turning it into a work of art was done by Scott and Cathy Sibley.

Powder Horns and More was asked to donate a cow horn that would worthy of the project Scott had in mind.  Scott Sibley wanted this horn to be a plain but elegant horn reminiscent to the majority of the 18th century campaign horns.

Cathy's start on the scrimshaw

Scott Sibley writes, “I let the horn dictate to me as I was shaping the tip. One shape led to another, I wanted it to be authentic, so I had to keep it fairly simple.  As I was shaping it, my mind was racing with some ideas for the decoration to be applied by Cathy.

“Some time ago I had set a goal to make a horn for every Sibley that had fought in the War of Independence.  I am sad to say, I have fallen very short of this goal as according to the National Archives, there were close to 100 Sibleys that served.

Nathan Perry his horn Rush NY 1813

“The man on this horn is not a Sibley but rather the grandfather of my Great Grandfather.  I used his service records, his request for a “soldiers pension: dated June 12, 1819, his wife’s request for his “soldier pension” after his death, dated July 10, 1850 and family tales to design this horn.  It was aged a bit to add to the feeling of authenticity.

“Cathy and I have been seriously making powder horns since 1976. We were inspired

CLA Auction Horn August 18 2012

by America’s Bicentennial.  My addition has been inspired more and more as I became aware of my family’s involvement in the founding of this country.   Even though our horns are replicas, I feel they are helping to preserve American history.  Many times they commemorate soldiers who gave so this country could grow and prosper.

“Cathy and I feel honored that so many people have thought our horns were worth collecting over the past years.  We hope to be going strong for a few more years.

View of the inside of the horn

Cathy and Scott Sibley, Linda and John Shorb are proud to offer this powder horn to the Contemporary Longrifle Association. It will be auctioned off at the Annual Show August 18, 2012 in Lexington Kentucky.