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Maker(s):Forerunner of the Lake George School
Culture:American
Title:powder horn: Samuel Crosby
Date Made:May 13, 1748
Type:Armament
Materials:horn, wood: pine; base metal: iron
Place Made:United States; Massachusetts; Shrewsbury
Measurements:overall: 3 1/8 in x 13 1/4 in; 7.9375 cm x 33.655 cm
Accession Number:  HD 2005.20.3
Credit Line:Historic Deerfield, The William H. Guthman Collection of American Engraved Powder Horns
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Description:
Powder horn inscribed: “SHREWSBURY ** MAY * YE 13 * 1748 / SAMUEL ** CROSBY ** JUNER * HIS:HORN**” This horn from central Massachusetts records the origins of the carving style developed in the Lake George region during the French and Indian War: neat double line, uppercase block letters with diagonal line shading and gothic lettering interspersed with geometric devices and a scrolled border of shaded tulips. The row of shaded diamonds is similar to the incised chevron device found on horns by John Bush and others. The circle of lunettes at both the throat and plug are often found on late Lake George horns.

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