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Maker(s):Bush, John (attributed)
Culture:American (1725-1757)
Title:powder horn: David Baldwin
Date Made:October 18, 1756
Materials:horn, wood: pine; base metal: brass; black pigment
Place Made:United States; New York; Fort William
Measurements:overall: 4 1/8 in x 14 1/2 in; 10.4775 cm x 36.83 cm
Accession Number:  HD 2005.20.8
Credit Line:Historic Deerfield, The William H. Guthman Collection of American Engraved Powder Horns
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

"David Baldwin," of Milford, Connecticut, attributed to John Bush, Fort William Henry, New York, Oct. 18, 1756. David Baldwin served in the 1755 campaign as a first lieutenant in a New York regiment. The horn descended in Baldwin's family until it was sold at auction in 1987. In 1891, a descendant, the Rev. DeWitt Clark of Salem, MA, corresponded with Rufus Grider, and the 6-page letter has survived with the horn (a copy is in the H.D. Data File). Clark sent Grider a sketch of the horn, which Grider copied for his collection. The letter also indicates that Grider was aware of Bush's importance as a horn carver. He cites the Israel Punam horn (#15), the Thomas Williams horn (#A), and the Robert Rogers horn (#B) as related examples. This is one of Bush's most beautiful horns. It features all of his standard motifs and several that do not exist on other examples.

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