Gordon Barlow Antiques

Specializing in Firearms and Americana

Daniel Smith Powder Horn and Survey Pole Ax (with original haft) was carried by Daniel while living at Rock Castle near Hendersonville, TN. Purchased by Robin Hale, Knoxville, TN from the Smith Family in Hendersonville, TN in 1970's. Sold to R. E. Neville, Mobile, AL. in 1980s and then into the Gordon Barlow Collection in 1986. Note: An article on Daniel Smith with pictures of the powder horn and the pole ax to appear in the Augusta County Historical Society Journal, Augusta County, VA in 2017.

Daniel Smith - Biographical Directory, United States Congress

Daniel Smith, a  Deputy Surveyor for Augusta County, Virginia was born in Stafford County, Va., October 29, 1748; he attended William and Mary College, Williamsburg, Va.; became a surveyor;  moved to Augusta County, Va.; deputy surveyor of Augusta County in 1773; fought in the Indian wars 1774; major of the Virginia militia; high sheriff of Augusta County in 1780;  commissioned colonel in the Virginia Militia Second Battalion and fought in several battles of the Revolution; moved to Sumner County, Tenn., at the close of the war; laid out the town of Nashville; member of the North Carolina convention which ratified the United States Constitution 1789; appointed by President George Washington secretary of the territory south of the Ohio River in 1790; member of the constitutional convention of 1796 to draw up a constitution for the new State of Tennessee; made the first map of Tennessee; General of State militia; appointed as a Democratic Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Andrew Jackson and served from October 6, 1798, to March 3, 1799; elected as a Democratic  Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1805, to March 31, 1809, when he resigned; engaged in agricultural pursuits; died at his home, ‘Rock Castle,’ near Hendersonville, Sumner County, Tenn., June 16, 1818; interment in the family burial ground near his home.                  



Daniel Smith Powder Horn (Dated 1808) and Survey Pole Ax  SOLD

Powder Horns, while not uniquely American, were personalized possession of the militiamen on the American frontier and during the wars. They often serve as historical documents and always reflect the creativity of the maker that often has designs or engravings that point to a maker or geographic region. Powder horns are encountered  from all periods of American history. Today, powder horns have become very collectible and contemporary makers continue to create them as works of art and for utilitarian purposes.