#scp -P 1234 -R email@example.com:/remote/path/ /local/path/
This is not desirable for restoration purpose as the original attributes have been lost. I turn to use rsync like the one below:
#rsync -chavzP --stats --rsh='ssh -p1234' firstname.lastname@example.org:/remote/path/ /local/path/
As I have always said, rsync is one of the most powerful backup tools ever existed in the world. The more you learn, the more you love it.