Scrimshaw Powder Horn, ca. 1875

Value (2013) | $2,500 Auction$4,000 Auction

This piece was purchased in North Dakota 30 to 40 years ago.


By family members. It cost $300 when they bought it. They were there at an art gallery for Charles Russell artwork.

The artist Charles Russell, right?


The painter and the sculptor, right. This is really neat. I love to see the size of this horn. But what, of course, is the important part, right? The meat of the subject really is this wonderful figure of the cowboy with a hat, lassoing a horse, right? And look at the artistry. The work is really great. As a folk object it's wonderful. I'll tell you, by the time this horn was made, the need for a powder horn to put down...gun powder in and load a gun was over. So these horns are more decorative at this point in the 1870s or 1880s. And these horns generally bring a little less than the ones that were really used for action. But this maybe this had powder and maybe it didn't, I haven't smelled... No, I don't smell any. Do you smell any?

No, no.

Have you tried? I don't smell it. But it's a wonderful object. At the folk art table, we've all admired it, and we admire the size. And this... this horn is worth between $2,500 and maybe $4,000, easily, okay? And it's not bad.

No, not at all for a $300 investment.

Appraisal Details

Keno Auctions
New York, NY
Appraised value (2013)
$2,500 Auction$4,000 Auction
Cincinnati, OH (July 21, 2012)
Folk Art

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