A Fine Scrimshawed Powder Horn, Walter H. Sargent, Boscawen, New Hampshire
Faceted carved tip, recessed band, raised ring and saw tooth carved throat; the plug was carved/fitted for inset recessed mirror or other decorative device; brass upholstery tacks securing plug are within conforming incised border; three tacks are missing; however, we have period replacements. The outstanding ornamentation features the owners name and residence engraved in crisp bold crosshatched letters. A powerfully and competently rendered eagle with American shield on chest is clutching arrows and olive branches, and is surmounted with a single sword, and a dragoon-like militia hat featuring a feathered eagle plate; hat is centered by a pair of sun-devices positioned over wings. Also featured are a beaver and a bear; and a long rifle on which hangs a powder horn. The date 1843 is inscribed within what appears to be an oak leaf.
WALTER H. SARGENT, son of Isaac and Rebecca Sargent, was born in Boscawen, New Hampshire in 1825, and now resides in the northern part of Plymouth village. Mr. Sargent married Miss Serena L. Farrington in 1852, who bore him three sons and three daughters—Ellen, Arthur W., Anna J., Flora, Mary and Walter H. In 1862 Mr. Sargent enlisted in Co H., 14th NH Vols., served through the war, was wounded and injured several times, taken prisoner and was mustered out of service in command of a company. Mrs. Sargent died July 25, 1883. SOURCE: Gazetteer of Grafton County, N.H., 1709-1886 by Hamilton Child, Syracuse, N.Y.: H. Child, June 1886.