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Maker(s):Gay, Jacob (attributed)
Culture:American (w. 1758-1787)
Title:powder horn: Amos Bostwick
Date Made:May 21, 1776
Type:Armament
Materials:horn, wood: hardword; base metal: brass, iron; brown pigment, varnish
Place Made:United States; New York; New York City
Measurements:overall: 13 in x 3 5/8 in; 33.02 cm x 9.2075 cm
Accession Number:  HD 2005.20.65
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 "Amos Bostwick...." of New Milford, Connecticut, which is attributed to Jacob Gay. Amos Bostwick served as ensign in the 19th Continental Regiment in 1776. He is recorded as having crossed the Delaware River under the command of George Washingtonon December 25, 1776. Except for the distinctive animals and the format of the cartouche, this is not typical of Jacob Gay's work. The lettering is inferior to Gay's and the lion's eyes were enhanced at a later date. The cartouche has a lion and a unicorn supporting a circle beneath a stylized crown as well as a bust of a man. The legend SUCCESS TO AMERICA surrounds the bust, and a scroll underneath the cartouche has the legend MADE IN KNEW YORK. A large moose is munching on one branch of a tree and a bird perches on another.

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