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Powder Horn

Engraver:
Jacob Gay (American, New York, recorded 1758–87)
Date:
dated 1759
Geography:
New York
Culture:
Colonial American
Medium:
Horn (cow), wood
Dimensions:
L. 13 in. (33 cm); Diam. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm); Wt. 14.8 oz. (419.6 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:
37.131.7
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 372
One of the most prolific horn carvers, Jacob Gay is thought to have relocated from Nova Scotia to New England in about 1755, settling in New Hampshire. This horn is engraved with a map of the Hudson Valley and the forts from Albany to the Great Lakes, the British coat of arms, and the name of the owner, Iotham Bemus.
Inscription: Inscribed and dated: "IOTHAM Bemus / his horn maed Septr / the 30 1759"
It is also inscribed: "I powder with my brother / ball most hero Like doth / Conquer all"
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