Unusual original antique horn scrimshaw. From the size of the horn we would say it is either mountain goat or antelope. The scrimshaw is nicely inscribed, but the first word has faded/rubbed and is difficult to read. After some research we believe it says 'Tahchee' or the misspelling 'Tachee'. Tahchee was a Cherokee chief (1790-1843) in Arkansas and Texas, who was also known as 'Dutch' (which makes sense, as the remainder of the inscription reads 'called Dutch Cherokee').
This leads us to believe it is an American piece either by a native American, or a sailor referring to someone with connections to the Cherokee tribe and this particular chief. As well as the wording it has an inscribed picture of a native American in traditional dress on the reverse. This has rubbed/faded a little with age, but is still very visible.
There is a small loss to the end of the horn but otherwise it is in good original condition commensurate with its age. This is a really interesting piece of social history and a must for any collector of native American tribal artefacts or maritime history. Please refer to the detailed photographs and feel free to contact us for more information regarding this rare and unusual antique.
Size: Approx 14 cm long x 4 cm wide.Dispatch and returns:
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