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Maker(s):Tolford, Hugh (attributed)
Culture:American (w. 1770-1772)
Title:powder horn: Tilton Bennet
Date Made:December 31, 1770
Materials:horn, wood: pine; base metal: iron
Place Made:United States; New Hampshire; Chester
Measurements:overall: 3 1/2 in x 12 in; 8.89 cm x 30.48 cm
Accession Number:  HD 2005.20.42
Credit Line:Historic Deerfield, The William H. Guthman Collection of American Engraved Powder Horns
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

"Tilton Bennet," attributed to Hugh Tolford (w. 1770-1772), Chester, New Hampshire. No published record for Tilton Bennet exists but he was probably a member of a local militia company. The records and published histories of Chester,N.H., list only one resident who might be a carver. Hugh Tolford (born 1747- alive 1794) was of Scotch-Irish descent and may have served in the militia during this period. This horn is profusely decorated with wonderfully imaginative animals. The detailed and realistic depictions form many odd vignettes: one character plays a fiddle for a donkey, another is seated in a chariot drawn by two mules. And there are also birds perched in trees with tentacle-like branches; a turtle with a snake in its jaws; a deer with a nursing fawn; animals standig on pedestals as if they were statues of perhaps stuffed, including an unusual geometric horse.


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