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Maker(s):Bush, John (attributed)
Culture:American (1725-1757)
Title:powder horn: Jesse Austin
Date Made:September 14, 1756
Type:Armament
Materials:horn, wood: pine, rosewood; base metal: iron; black pigment
Place Made:United States; New York; Fort Edward
Measurements:overall: 4 1/4 in x 14 1/4 in; 10.795 cm x 36.195 cm
Accession Number:  HD 2005.20.7
Credit Line:Historic Deerfield, The William H. Guthman Collection of American Engraved Powder Horns
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Description:
Inscription: Jesse Austin / his horn WAs made at Fort Edward / Septbr the 14th AD 1756 / W A R. Jesse Austin is listed as serving in only one campaign, that of 1756. He served as a private in General Phineas Lyman's 1st Connecticut Regiment. The Austin horn is virtually identical in format and style of carving to the David Bardwin horn (#14). The quality of the carving, the calligraphy with featherlike devices between words, and the geometric decorative devices all appear similar to the work of the carver J.W. A four-line rhyme is also on the Baldwin horn, the Putnam horn (#15), and the Thomas Williams horn (#A). The deep incised zigzag carving and the stylized word WAR is typical of Bush's work. The large shaped stopper is a replacement.there is no border at the butt end and the wooden plug is secured by six small wooden pegs. A largeL-shaped iron nail is at the center of the plug.

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