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Powder Horn

Date:
dated 1759
Geography:
New York
Culture:
Colonial American
Medium:
Horn (cow), wood
Dimensions:
L. 11 7/8 in. (30.2 cm); Diam. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm); Wt. 12.7 oz. (360 g)
Classification:
Firearms Accessories-Powder Horns
Credit Line:
The Collection of J. H. Grenville Gilbert, of Ware, Massachusetts, Gift of Mrs. Gilbert, 1937
Accession Number:
37.131.4
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 372
A powder horn, a container usually made from an animal horn, is used for carrying gunpowder. This example is engraved with the owner's name, Peter Myer; the British coat of arms, and a map of the forts in the Hudson and Mohawk valleys.
Inscription: Inscribed: PETER / MYER / HISS / HORN / ANO 1759.
Grancsay, Stephen V. "The J. H. Grenville Gilbert Collection of American Powder Horns." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 33, no. 1 (January, 1938). pp. 2–6.

Grancsay, Stephen V. American Engraved Powder Horns: A Study Based on the J. H. Grenville Gilbert Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1946. pp. 22–23, 34, no. 24, pl. 2.

Grancsay, Stephen V. American Engraved Powder Horns: A Study Based on the J. H. Grenville Gilbert Collection. 2nd ed. ed. Philadelphia: Ray Riling Arms Books Co., 1965. pp. 22–23, 34, no. 24, pl. 2.

Nickel, Helmut. "Arms and Armor from the Permanent Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 49, no. 1 (Summer 1991). p. 47.



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