Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1173: 18th Century Duke of Savoy Coat of Arms Powder Horn

Auction Date: April 14, 2018

Exceptional Documented 18th Century Engraved Polychromatic Duke of Savoy Coat of Arms Powder Horn

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $11,000 - $16,000

Exceptional Documented 18th Century Engraved Polychromatic Duke of Savoy Coat of Arms Powder Horn

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The largest image on the body has a coat of arms. Above the coat of arms is "WAPEN DES HERZOGS/ZU SAVOYEN" (Coat of Arms of the Duke of Savoy) and below is "ADAM SCHUERER" in a banner. The designs have a mix of black and reddish coloration and are very finely engraved. The edge before the throat is engrailed, and the throat has three sets of bands and two round sections flaking a center polygonal section. The plug has a silver plate. An included "Gun Collection Inventory" record from the collection of noted collector and author John S. du Mont indicates the horn was crafted c. 1760 and purchased by him from L.C. Jackson in April 1978. In his book "American Engraved Powder Horns: The Golden Age, 1755/1783" in plates 93 and 94 he lists it as circa 1770 and notes the silver butt is a replacement. It was previously part of the Dr. Clyde Everett collection c. 1966. Exact details on the two Adam Schuerers appear to get mixed at times but one was the father of the other. Adam Scheurer (1728-1806) is listed has having "erected a house at Ironton in 1773 . . . In the Revolutionary War he served as a corporal of the 8th Company, 2nd Battalion of Northampton County militia from Whitehall township" in included documents. The family trade in the tax records is weaver. Another source lists Scheurer as having been a teamster in the Continental Army, indicates the iron for which Ironton was named was first discovered on his land, and states he died in 1806 at the age of 78. He appears in the records for the History of the Egypt Church shows he and his family were early members. Regardless of the exact dates and whether the horn was owned by the father or the son, this horn may well have been carried and used during the American Revolution. Though clearly European in theme, the overall style of the horn is consistent with American horns in the mid-18th century. The jovial scenes throughout suggest it was carved to commemorate a celebration, perhaps a marriage or important anniversary.

Rating Definition:

Very fine with light aging of the horn, some minor chips on the throat rings and edge of the butt, verdigris below the silver plate and aged patina on top, exceptionally distinct engraving, and overall minor wear. This is an absolutely outstanding horn with beautiful imagery, attractive coloration, and very high condition.

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