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Maker(s):Spencer-Hitchcock carver (attributed)
Culture:American (w. 1757-1762)
Title:powder horn: Hobart Spencer
Date Made:November 1, 1759
Materials:horn, wood: pine; base metal: iron
Place Made:United States; New York; Crown Point
Measurements:overall: 4 in x 14 in; 10.16 cm x 35.56 cm
Accession Number:  HD 2005.20.30
Credit Line:Historic Deerfield, The William H. Guthman Collection of American Engraved Powder Horns
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

"Hobart Spencer," of East Haddam, Connecticut. Hobart Spencer (1742-1806) served as a private under his father, Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Spencer, during the 1759 and 1760 campaigns. The Spencer horn has typical Lake George School calligraphy, with thick-and-thin copperplate letters and shaded accents. The formations of soldiers are about on a par with formations carved by Jacob Gay in this period. One soldier at the end of the line is twice as large as the others indicating a particular person or emphasizing the practice of placing the tallest soldier at the rear. Another exceedingly rare vignette illustrates a group of mounted troopers with their pistols drawn & held in firing position. The rest of the decoration consists of a competently drawn ship & fish.

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