Hell Horse/Demon-Steed

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  1. aaronc

    aaronc 12 pointer

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    Greek in origin,..the classical trained/educated horners of the time would have been familiar with the symbol. There are around a dozen attributed to 1 single maker,..but multiple period makers had used this symbol on their horns. Meaning is a little up for interpretation but a couple of theories are it represented the death and disease of war,...or the wish to bring death to an enemy type thing.

    Only the outline has 1st pass of ink at the moment...all of the details in the neck, wings, tail area are only penciled and scribed. Still have some details to pencil in and scribe before adding some more ink.
    Horn was made by Bill Smith quite a few years ago.
     

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  2. RLWEBB

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    Very nice work sir.
     
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  4. Drahts

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    Can't wait to see this! Gonna be unreal when you finish!
     
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  5. aaronc

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    Penciled in some period script and other details today. Ready for the scribe next session.
     

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  6. chadwimc

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    Cool ! And I can't even draw stick figures...:(
     
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    nice, very nice!!!
     
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  8. aaronc

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    Hell Horse side pretty much done,..going to start sketching on the other side in a week or 2... 20211111_144322resize35.jpg 20211111_144340resize35.jpg 20211111_144348resize35.jpg 20211111_144400resize35.jpg
     
  9. Drahts

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    Dang Aaron looks good!
     
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    You have WAY more patients than I do.
     
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  11. Little FR

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    Looking good. The English looks almost out of place on it. Not a criticism.

    Can you use it for a powder horn or canteen? Maybe a medicine bag.

    I would love to have a fancy powder horn.
     
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  12. Dark Cloud

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    Like the others looking good
     
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  13. aaronc

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    If you mean the script ? "Hell Horse" ? .,...it's just a style of period script off some of the originals. Not sure about the canteen part,..I've never heard of anyone using them for water. Given the spout design the traditional horns were meant for and used for black powder,..although if need be you could use it for any fine grain material like salt I guess.

    Dedicated salt horns..rum horns....snuff box/tobacco horns...and other things like tinder horns were all made back then and modern makers still do some today. They were more in line with their dedicated use when it came to shape size and accessing your chosen material, just depending. Really no wrong way to do it when it comes down to it,....there certainly were professional horner's in early America...but everyone couldn't afford that and simply used what they had.
     
  14. Little FR

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    This is modern times and we all speak English. It is very well done, looks like a period correct piece so you would almost expect it to have Greek language.
    DarkHorse-
    μαύρο άλογο

    Like I said, not a criticism. It is so well done and ancient in appearance, your eyes just expect to see a script type of language at first glance. Keep up the good work. Are you going to display it or use it?
     
  15. aaronc

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    The highly educated in those days would have known a little Latin for sure,..Greek maybe,..? I don't really know. I've never seen Greek on an original,..not saying it wasn't done but I have a library full of references so it for sure wasn't common. The originals carry pretty much English with a buncha misspellings at that.

    The horn belongs to a dedicated shooter and has already been in service for probably give or take 15 years. It's just came to me for some scrimshaw. When I'm done it will go back into it's place on an active "rig" and be used. He wanted an early Revolution theme and we got together on the subject matter.

    On a couple of side notes...All we have to go by on the originals is what has survived,..which is a very small percentage of horns. That fact being considered there is no telling what was on many of the horns of the day. I do use reference a lot but don't begrudge anything that seems more original. On the contrary I enjoy doing work at least at times influenced by the originals but my own original design.

    My next horn to be scrimshawed after this one is a very white flat horn that is my daughters, she is 10. Just by chance she is pretty high up on the academic scale herself and one of her main passions is .....you guessed it,..Greek Mythology..and a few other things. So..that being said her horn will have a pretty significant amount of Greek influence on at least one side of the horn and some foreign language may very well show up on it :)

    ..........and no offense taken on your comments...;)
     
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