SOLD 19th c. Native-American Carved Sheep Horn Ladle

Part of Native American history and lore, Bighorn Sheep provided them with food, clothing and tools. The piece featured here is a Native American-made Bighorn Sheep ladle that’s as handsome as it is functional.

With its large rounded bowl — 6” x 6.5” x 5” deep — and fork-length tapered handle, it was the perfect vessel for water or stew. And at 12 “ long overall, it served as an excellent dipper.

I believe the piece dates from the 1870s-1880s. I also think it may have been acquired by a collector in the early 20th c. based on what’s written on the underside of the handle.

The writing is old and in graphite. Some words are still easy to read– Mt. Sheep Horn Dipper. Others are harder to decipher but appear to be the specifics of a purchase: a name, a place, and possibly a price or date.

Overall excellent condition with no breaks, chips or repairs. (Photos with and without flash)


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