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Maker(s):Lake George School
Title:powder horn: Giles Barns
Date Made:January 27, 1766
Materials:horn, wood: pine; base metal: brass, iron; varnish
Place Made:United States; Connecticut; New Haven
Measurements:overall: 3 1/2 in x 12 1/4 in; 8.89 cm x 31.115 cm
Accession Number:  HD 2005.20.40
Credit Line:Historic Deerfield, The William H. Guthman Collection of American Engraved Powder Horns
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

Powder horn inscribed: “Giles Barns / his Horn Made In / New Haven * This / 27th Anno uf Domini:1766 / Day of January And In The fifth year of His / Majestys Reign / R H / The Brigg Lively / Of Sixeen Guns / Commanded by / Capt Anby / The Kings Coat of Arms / THE CONNECTICUT COAAND / DIEU ET MON [DROIT].” Although carved after the close the French and Indian War, the style of this horn is somewhat like the work of the “J.W.” carver. It also has several unique features like the use of brass upholstery nails and the raised plaque near the spout with the slogan “The Kings Coat of Arms,” which depicts the lion and unicorn supporting the seal of the Colony of Connecticut. The plaque also serves as a stop for the carrying strap. The inscription, “And In The fifth year of His Majestys Reign” and the floral rococo border above the name, are professionally engraved. Most important, however, is the scene of the New Haven Green. Giles Barns may have been a sailor on the brig Lively out of New Haven, Connecticut.

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