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Maker(s):Goldthwait-Smith-Diamond carver (attributed)
Culture:American (w. 1756)
Title:powder horn: Thomas Smith Diamond
Date Made:October 23, 1756
Type:Armament
Materials:horn, wood: cherry; base metal: iron; leather
Place Made:United States; New York; Lake George
Measurements:overall: 3 in x 3 3/4 in x 9 1/2 in; 7.6 cm x 9.5 cm x 24.1 cm
Accession Number:  HD 2005.20.10
Credit Line:Historic Deerfield, The William H. Guthman Collection of American Engraved Powder Horns
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield
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Description:
Powder horn inscribed “Tho: Smith Diamond / His horn Camp At Lake / George Octbr 23: 1756 AD / Fort / William / Henry / Gate / The Road,” which is attributed to the Goldthwait-Smith-Diamond Carver who was working in 1756. Thomas Smith Diamond's service records have not been found, but his descendents claim that he was from Massachusetts. The horn has a highly detailed and expertly carved plan of Fort William Henry done in a 3" square plan that shows a large British flag flying from a tall staff. The plug end has an engraved floral border connected with C-scrolls; the cherry plug, decorated with a carved spiral, extends 2" beyond the end of the horn and ends in a knob to which a portion of leather thong from the carrying strap is still attached; The detailed plan of Fort William Henry on Diamond’s horn even includes the staircases visible through the windows of the barracks. The cherry plug is ornately carved in a spiral.

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