Post Medieval Horn Scrimshaw Group
Dated 1675 A powder horn with incised decoration; the upper end recessed and incised with rosette designs, pierced in four places near the rim; the body with incised decoration of two mermaids, one with a fish and comb, the other with a fish and mirror (?"), and a serpent extending along the lower edge, curved around the word 'NATIC' in capitals, with the date 1675 flanking the larger mermaid's head; the upper end carved to hexagonal section, with circular hole in the underside; offered with a horn pouring vessel, with leather stops sewn into each end. Horn, 130 grams, 11-16 cm (4 1/4-6 1/4") Property of a Sussex Gentleman; acquired before 1990. Natick is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA located 15 miles west of Boston. The rosettes are typical of Pennsylvania Dutch folk-art, used as amulets to ward off the power of the hex or malevolent witch.