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Maker(s):Miller-Tribble carver
Culture:American (w. 1758)
Title:powder horn: Thomas Miller
Date Made:September 20, 1758
Materials:horn, wood: pine
Place Made:United States; New York; Fort Edward
Measurements:overall: 4 in x 13 in; 10.16 cm x 33.02 cm
Accession Number:  HD 2005.20.27
Credit Line:Historic Deerfield, The William H. Guthman Collection of American Engraved Powder Horns
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

Powder horn inscribed "Thomas Miller..." of Lyme, Connecticut, which is attributed to the Miller-Tribble carver or Lyme carver (w. 1758). The carver of the Miller and John Tribble (#45) horns was exceptionally talented. His style combines elements of J.W., Jacob Gay, and the Selkrig-Page Carver. His calligraphy combines characteristics of both J.W. and Gay: stylized thick-and-thin copperplate lettering that utilizes shading for emphasis. His animals and birds are similar to Jacob Gay's , and his incised decoration resembles J.W.'s.The style adopted by the Miller-Tribble Carver is strong evidence that carvers were aware of one another's styles and readily copied them. Although other horns have drums as decorative devices, this horn has no other accoutrements illustrated, and the inference is stronge that the drum referred to Miller's function as a drummer. Thomas Miller served in the 1756, 1758 (where he served as drummer), 1759, and 1761 campaigns.

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