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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.
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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 (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 (Summer, 1991), p. 47.

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