Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Powder Horn

Date:
ca. 1760–70
Culture:
American
Medium:
Horn (cow), silver, tortoise shell
Dimensions:
L. 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm); Diam. 3 in. (7.6 cm); Wt. 6.1 oz. (172.9 g)
Classification:
Firearms Accessories-Powder Horns
Credit Line:
Bequest of Alexandrine Sinsheimer, 1958
Accession Number:
59.23.87
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 372
This powder horn is engraved with a map of forts along the Hudson and Mohawk rivers, the British royal arms, and views of Albany and New York with sailing ships in the harbor.
Inscription: Inscribed encircling the British royal arms: HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE; below the arms, the royal motto: DIEU ET MON DROIT; also: place names on the map.

Marking: Marked with the arms of King George III (as used until 1801): below the royal crown, in a shield, quarterly, 1. England impaling Scotland, 2. France, 3. Ireland, 4. Hanover.
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