Early Virginia Powder Horn with Color Scrimshaw

Shown here is a bespoke powder horn with color scrimshaw.   The form of the horn is Early Virginia with a turned  beaded hard maple base plug and a turned Axis deer antler tip.  This right hand  horn is approximately 14.75″ around the outside curve, 12.25″ tip to tip, and with a 2.375″ diameter base plug.    Per the clients specification, the horn is engraved with a male and a female Cardinal, dogwood flowers, tobacco leaves and a cornucopia.   A little color was added to the birds.  The horn and base plug is stained with ferric nitrate and the entire horn finished in Tried & True (linseed oil and beeswax).

This horn is not available, but I can make you something like it.   Just contact me with your ideas and we can discuss it. The bespoke price for a horn like this one with a turned base plug and turned applied tip is $250.   Engraving is generally an extra $200.  Added color is $100.   Shipping on a single horn generally runs $20-$25.    Appropriate sales tax will be collected  for Virginia residents.

If you like this, perhaps you might be interested in some of my other fraktur such as my Birth/Baptismal/Marriage Certificates or paintings.

Horn #57 - Early VA Powder Horn with Color Scrimshaw showing a male Cardinal and dogwood flowers.
Horn #57 – Early VA Powder Horn with Color Scrimshaw showing a male Cardinal and dogwood flowers.

Horn #57 - Early VA Powder Horn with Color Scrimshaw showing a female Cardinal and a cornucopia.
Horn #57 – Early VA Powder Horn with Color Scrimshaw showing a female Cardinal and a cornucopia.

Right or Left Hand Carry?

What is right or left hand carry?  Simply, it is the side of the body on which a horn is intended to be worn.  Historically,  a curve of the tip to the left as viewed from the top is a right hand carry horn and also from the right side of the cow.   A curve of the tip to the right would historically  be a left hand carry horn and from the left side of the cow.   If there is no significant curve of the horn as viewed from the top, then the horn can be easily worn on either side with no conflict.   Most horns have so little curve it really doesn’t matter much and the modern pattern of carry is frequently opposite of the historical pattern.

Carrying a horn on the same side of the body as it came from the cow results in the tip pointing toward the body and the base pointing away from the body.   I also like the base of the horn to point to ward the body, as do many modern wearers, so I usually use the opposite side horn and rotate it about 90 degrees so that both the tip and the base of the horn point into the body.    This makes a horn from the left side of the cow into a powder horn you can carry on the right side of the body.     This is my personal preference, but not generally historically correct.  Historically,  powder horns were usually carried on the same side of the body as they came from on the cow.   If you want to be completely historically correct,  you need to understand that.

Sometimes a horn that is technically a left hand horn might wrap around the body better on the right hand side and vice versa.    So,  in describing a horn,  I will tell you whether a horn is historically a left hand or a right hand.  Then I will tell you on which side the horn was built to be carried,  if it is different.    I will also try to include a photo from the top of the horn so you can see the curve for yourself.     On which side you actually carry a horn, that is up to you.

Acorn Finial, Applied-tip Powder Horn #41 with Color Fraktur

This Virginia inspired powder horn has an applied Axis deer antler tip and turned black walnut base plug and stopper.  The base plug has an acorn finial which was common on Virginia powder horns.  The horn is technically a left hand horn, but is so straight it could be easily carried either way.    It was engraved assuming right hand carry.  It is about 13.5″ around the outside curve (not including the stopper), 11.5″ finial to tip, and with a 2.12″ diameter base plug.   The horn has been stained with ferric nitrate to give it a slightly yellow base.   Fraktur type engraving has been applied to the horn and the engraved designs colored with drawing ink.

The bespoke price for for a horn like this is $250 for the base horn (turned base plug with  applied tip).   Similar scrimshaw would be $200.   Color added to the horn would be another $100.  Then there is $25 shipping/insurance and any applicable Virginia sales tax.

If you like this, perhaps you might be interested in some of my other fraktur such as my Birth/Baptismal/Marriage Certificates or paintings.

Horn #41 - Virginia inspired powder horn with color fraktur engraving - Outside
Horn #41 – Virginia inspired powder horn with color fraktur engraving – Outside
Horn #41 - Virginia inspired powder horn with color fraktur engraving - Inside
Horn #41 – Virginia inspired powder horn with color fraktur engraving – Inside
Horn #41 - Virginia inspired powder horn with color fraktur engraving - Top
Horn #41 – Virginia inspired powder horn with color fraktur engraving – Top
Horn #41 - Virginia inspired powder horn with color fraktur engraving - Bottom
Horn #41 – Virginia inspired powder horn with color fraktur engraving – Bottom

Virginia “Acorn” Powder Horn #39

This is a powder horn that I have had on my build list a while and finally got around to doing it.   It is a recreation of a horn shown on pages 334-335 of Jay Hopkin’s book Bone Tipped & Banded Horns.   That horn was found in Virginia and the acorn is a Virginia motif.

The horn shown below is a technically a right hand horn, but is so straight it could be easily carried either way.    It is about 12.5″ around the outside curve (not including the stopper), 10.25″ finial to tip, and with a 1.96″ diameter base plug.   The screw-tip is horn and has a female thread as is typical on southern horns.   The base plug and stopper are American Black Walnut.

I hadn’t initially intended to put color fraktur/engraving on the horn.   However, the buyer asked if I could add a little something.    So,  I did.   I hope he likes it.    I have included photos of the horn both before and after the engraving.

The bespoke price for a horn like #39 is $280 for the base horn plus $25 shipping/insurance and applicable Virginia sales tax when shipped to a Virginia address.   The engraving is another $200 with the color being an additional $100 on top of that.  If you are interested, please use the Contact page to send me a note.   Make sure to include the horn number (#39).

If you like this, perhaps you might be interested in some of my other fraktur such as my Birth/Baptismal/Marriage Certificates or paintings.

Horn #39 - Virginia "Acorn" screw-tip powder horn - Outside
Horn #39 – Virginia “Acorn” screw-tip powder horn – Outside
Horn #39 - Virginia "Acorn" screw-tip powder horn - Inside
Horn #39 – Virginia “Acorn” screw-tip powder horn – Inside
Horn #39 - Virginia "Acorn" screw-tip powder horn - End
Horn #39 – Virginia “Acorn” screw-tip powder horn – End
Horn #39 - Virginia "Acorn" screw-tip powder horn - Tip
Horn #39 – Virginia “Acorn” screw-tip powder horn – Tip
Horn #39 - Virginia "Acorn" powder horn with color fraktur engraving - Top
Horn #39 – Virginia “Acorn” powder horn with color fraktur engraving – Top
Horn #39 - Virginia "Acorn" powder horn with color fraktur engraving - Outside
Horn #39 – Virginia “Acorn” powder horn with color fraktur engraving – Outside
Horn #39 - Virginia "Acorn" powder horn with color fraktur engraving - Bottom
Horn #39 – Virginia “Acorn” powder horn with color fraktur engraving – Bottom
Horn #39 - Virginia "Acorn" powder horn with color fraktur engraving - Inside
Horn #39 – Virginia “Acorn” powder horn with color fraktur engraving – Inside

Fur Trade Era Hunting Pouch with Fraktur Embroidery Insert

The Face of God Fraktur

I decided that I wanted to combine my fraktur (18th & 19th Century German-American folk art) work with my leather work in some way.   Some sort of embroidery seemed the most sensible way to do it.   So, I decided to create an original fraktur design hand embroidered on a canvas insert in the flap of a Fur Trade era hunting pouch.   This hunting pouch (#36) is the result of that idea.   This is not a strictly historically correct pouch.   I have taken some creative license to pursue my artistic interests in fraktur.

The fraktur is titled the Face of God; representative of Jesus Christ (in the form of the peacock) as the human face of the trinity  (in the form of three tulips on each branch of the tree of life stemming from the heart of God) and the model for our lives.   It is stitched on natural cotton duck canvas using cotton embroidery floss.   About half the time to complete this pouch is in the  execution of the fraktur.  More pouches with different original hand embroidered fraktur are to follow.  That art work will be featured here.

The pouch itself is the best that I know how to make.   It is hand stitched using waxed linen thread out of 2-3 oz (new pouches will have 6 oz leather straps) vegetable tan cowhide, fully lined with a period red print, and incorporating rolled welts, rolled bindings, and a flap lining of calfskin.   The pouch is 8 1/2″ x 9″ overall with a main storage area that is about 5″ x 8″.   There is an internal pocket for small items.  The strap passes through the top of the apron and is stitched inside the pouch for the cleanest possible appearance.  The strap can be adjusted via a brass buckle to a maximum of 57″ top of bag to top of bag.   I will make the strap accommodate any buyer.

As with all my leather work, the leather is stained with the period correct vinegar and iron for a blue-black to dark brown finish.   Mink oil is put on top of that.   I have not aged this pouch in any way.  The wrinkles in the leather are just from turning it.

This pouch is sold, but the bespoke price for a similar pouch with a one of a kind embroidered insert is $950 plus $25 shipping/insurance and the applicable Virginia sales tax if shipped to a Virginia resident.

If you like this, perhaps you might be interested in some of my other fraktur such as my Birth/Baptismal/Marriage Certificates or paintings.

Bag #36 - Fur Trade Era Hunting Pouch with embroidered fraktur insert.
Bag #36 – Fur Trade Era Hunting Pouch with embroidered fraktur insert – The Face of God.
Bag #36 - Fur Trade Era Hunting Pouch with embroidered fraktur insert - Front
Bag #36 – Fur Trade Era Hunting Pouch with embroidered fraktur insert – The Face of God.- Front
Bag #36 - Fur Trade Era Hunting Pouch with embroidered fraktur insert - Back
Bag #36 – Fur Trade Era Hunting Pouch with embroidered fraktur insert – The Face of God.- Back
Bag #36 - Fur Trade Era Hunting Pouch with embroidered fraktur insert - Inside
Bag #36 – Fur Trade Era Hunting Pouch with embroidered fraktur insert – The Face of God.- Inside
Bag #36 - Fur Trade Era Hunting Pouch with embroidered fraktur insert - Inside
Bag #36 – Fur Trade Era Hunting Pouch with embroidered fraktur insert – The Face of God.- Inside

The God of Peace and Love

This pouch (#38) is identical to the one above (#36) in all ways except for the fraktur insert.   The insert is hand embroidered on natural cotton duck canvas using French made cotton embroidery floss.   The design is entitled “The God of Peace and Love.”

Photos of Pouch #38 are shown below.

Bag #38- Fur Trade Era Hunting Pouch with embroidered fraktur insert – The God of Peace and Love – Front
Bag #38- Fur Trade Era Hunting Pouch with embroidered fraktur insert – The God of Peace and Love – Back
Bag #38- Fur Trade Era Hunting Pouch with embroidered fraktur insert – The God of Peace and Love – Front
Bag #38- Fur Trade Era Hunting Pouch with embroidered fraktur insert – The God of Peace and Love – Inside
Bag #38- Fur Trade Era Hunting Pouch with embroidered fraktur insert – The God of Peace and Love – Inside

A Pouch for My Brother

This hunting pouch (#40) was created just for my brother.   He wanted the first bag I created above (#36), but spoke up a little too late.  That bag went fast.  The followup fraktur embroidery that I did wasn’t all that appealing to him.  So,  I created this one.   It has a similar symbology to the first pouch with a single peacock, front and center,  representing Christ as the human face of God.  The three tulips represent the Trinity.  I have just included a photo of the flap.   The rest is pretty much the same as the bags above.

Bag #40- Fur Trade Era Hunting Pouch with embroidered fraktur insert – Front

Fraktur Illustrations

Original Fraktur Illustrations

Shown here are some of my original designs inspired by 18th and 19th Century fraktur. Fraktur is the term for the illuminated documents created in the 18th & 19th centuries by German speaking immigrants to America.  Fraktur is typically associated with Pennsylvania, but it can be found anywhere that large groups of German speaking peoples settled, including my home state of Virginia.  The originals (as opposed to prints) of the designs shown here are hand drawn, hand inked, and hand colored using period correct water colors. These and my other illustrations are not a copy of antique fraktur but an expression of my own vision and creativity using cohesive motifs from antique documents. These and all my other illustrations of this size are done on 60lb, A4 (8.27″x11.7″), hot-pressed, acid free, ink and calligraphy paper from Sennelier.  Just the print on the same A4 paper is $29 postpaid.   It can be mounted and matted for a standard 11″x 14″ frame for an additional $16.    The prices of the original illustrations will vary depending on the time it took to complete them and whether they are framed or unframed.   Virginia sales tax is collected for Virginia residents.  Payment for fraktur illustrations will be by Paypal invoice.   Shipping is normally the next business day.

If you like these illustrations, perhaps you might also like my Birth/Baptismal/Marriage Certificates and Book Plates.

Note:  All the designs below may be printed on all sorts of items (like mugs, iPhone cases, and tote bags)  through my page on Fine Art America at https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/12-mark-elliott

Birds of Paradise

Purely decorative contemporary framed fraktur water color of stylized birds and flowers.
Water color of stylized birds and flowers in a faux painted frame.

Unmounted Print – Birds of Paradise – $29 postpaid plus VA sales tax.

Please use this Contact Form if you are interested in purchasing one of the illustrations shown above. Make sure to mention the title of the illustration and whether you want the original (if available) or the print.

Celebration

Water color of a green parot and a fireworks of flowers mounted in a hand painted frame.
Water color of a green parot and a fireworks of flowers mounted in a faux painted frame.

Unmounted Print – Celebration – $29 postpaid plus VA sales tax.

Please use this Contact Form if you are interested in purchasing one of the illustrations shown above. Make sure to mention the title of the illustration and whether you want the original (if available) or the print.

Blossoming of Faith

Framed fraktur type water color representative of the Blossoming of Faith.

Unmounted Print – Blossoming of Faith – $29 postpaid plus VA sales tax.

Please use this Contact Form if you are interested in purchasing one of the illustrations shown above. Make sure to mention the title of the illustration and whether you want the original (if available) or the print.

Tree of Life

Water color of spiritual tree of life with wheat, thistles, flowers, and an angel

Unmounted Print – Tree of Life – $29 postpaid plus VA sales tax.

Please use this Contact Form if you are interested in purchasing one of the illustrations shown above. Make sure to mention the title of the illustration and whether you want the original (if available) or the print.

Fraktur Christmas Tree

Illustration of a Pennsylvania Dutch style Christmas tree.

Unmounted Print – Fraktur Christmas Tree – $29 postpaid plus VA sales tax.

Please use this Contact Form if you are interested in purchasing one of the illustrations shown above. Make sure to mention the title of the illustration and whether you want the original (if available) or the print.

12 Point Star

Illustration of yellow and blue 12 point star design reminiscent of Pennsylvania Dutch hex signs.

Unmounted Print – 12 Point Star – $29 postpaid plus VA sales tax.

Please use this Contact Form if you are interested in purchasing one of the illustrations shown above. Make sure to mention the title of the illustration and whether you want the original (if available) or the print.

Strickler 2

colorful decorative work after 19th Century Valley of Virginia fraktur artist Jacob Strickler.

Unmounted Print – Strickler2 – $29 postpaid plus VA sales tax.

Please use this Contact Form if you are interested in purchasing one of the illustrations shown above. Make sure to mention the title of the illustration and whether you want the original (if available) or the print.

Serenity

Serenity Prayer Fraktur

Unmounted Print – Serenity Prayer – $29 postpaid plus VA sales tax.

Please use this Contact Form if you are interested in purchasing one of the illustrations shown above. Make sure to mention the title of the illustration and whether you want the original (if available) or the print.

Recovery 2

This fraktur is a representation of my recovery in a 12 step program.

Unmounted Original – Recovery 2 – $49 postpaid plus VA sales tax.

Unmounted Print – Recovery 2 – $29 postpaid plus VA sales tax.

Please use this Contact Form if you are interested in purchasing one of the illustrations shown above. Make sure to mention the title of the illustration and whether you want the original (if available) or the print.

Fraktur Bookmarks Set

Fraktur Bookmarks Set
Fraktur Bookmarks Set
Fraktur Bookmark - Peacock
Fraktur Bookmark – Peacock
Fraktur Bookmark - Little Birds
Fraktur Bookmark – Little Birds
Fraktur Bookmark - Tulips
Fraktur Bookmark – Tulips
Fraktur Bookmark - Flowered Vine
Fraktur Bookmark – Flowered Vine

Laminated Fraktur Bookmarks, Set of Four – $19 postpaid plus VA sales tax.

Please use this Contact Form if you are interested in purchasing the set of bookmarsk shown above. Make sure to mention Fraktur Bookmarks Set in your e-mail.

If you like these illustrations, perhaps you might also like my Birth/Baptismal/Marriage Certificates and Book Plates.