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    1766 Carved Drinking Horn

    Appraised Value:

    $3,000 - $5,000

    Appraised on: August 18, 2007

    Appraised in: Las Vegas, Nevada

    Appraised by: Ken Farmer

    Category: Folk Art

    Episode Info: Tasty Treasures (#1520)

    Originally Aired: November 14, 2011

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    Form: Container
    Material: Horn
    Period / Style: 18th Century
    Value Range: $3,000 - $5,000

    Update 11.14.2011:

    We contacted appraiser Ken Farmer for an updated appraisal of this object in today's market.

    • Current Appraised Value: $3,000 - $5,000 (Unchanged)

    According to Farmer: "This is still a great thing. We could find 100-plus powder horns and be lucky to find one drinking horn. ... The market for the top 5 percent of any category is still holding up."

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    Appraisal Video: (1:07)


    Appraised By:

    Ken Farmer
    Decorative Arts, Folk Art, Furniture, Musical Instruments
    Ken Farmer Auctions, LLC

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: It was a gift to me from my father.

    APPRAISER: Do you know what it is?

    GUEST: It's a drinking gourd, I'm pretty sure. And I know that that little clip there is, I think, to hang it on your belt. That's about all I know. I just really love the sun, so...

    APPRAISER: I've been doing the Roadshow for 12 years, and I've never seen a drinking horn. It's called a drinking horn.

    GUEST: Okay.

    9APPRAISER: Now, I think he could have hooked it to his belt, but if he would have had a rifle and had his powder horn down here, then he could have hooked it on there. I love this saying, "Drink ye thirst away." And when you get to the date, 1766, that's a pretty good mind-blower, too.

    GUEST: Yeah.

    APPRAISER: And I think our favorite thing is the same thing here, right?

    GUEST: Yeah.

    APPRAISER: The sun face.

    GUEST: Yeah, definitely.

    APPRAISER: I love the way they did the mouth to make it look like he had an open mouth. Little nostrils in there. We're all in agreement that this is a great thing, probably worth $3,000 to $5,000.

    GUEST: That's great, that's great!

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