An important Scottish scrimshaw decorated horn
Scottish Weapons,Powderflasks and Accessories
An important Scottish scrimshaw decorated horn c 1830. The engraved scenes include an early steam train with tender drawing 3 passenger coaches, the fourth carrying an open landau, 3 ships each flying the red ensign, various buildings including a fort and an elaborate gateway, a hunter, a ferryman, bouquets of thistles, rose leaves and a heart all with a little red inked detail. This horn is a larger version of the more common powder flasks all engraved with the same ornaments from a so far unidentified source, and probably by the same hand. The presence of a heart, carved in bas relief and once filled with sealing wax probably indicates that it was originally intended as a token of affection and was thus unlikely ever to have been a powder horn. Excellent age patina overall.
Overall length 10¾” (27.5cms)