Powder Horn

Powder Horn


Region: Frontier - Pennsylvania (Bucks County)

Circa: Dated 1787

Material: Cow horn, wood plug, pigments: black, yellow, green, red, white; brass fixture

Dimension:   L. 11 1/2”

Condition: Overall excellent, worm holes and wear to one section. No Restoration. 

References: Grancsay, Stephen V. American Engraved Powder Horns: A Study Based on the J.H. Grenville Gilbert Collection. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1945 (plate #857)

Collection History:  

-Joe Kindig Collection, PA

-Ontario Estate Collection

Comments: Densely engraved with a royal coat of arms, with a human-faced crowned lion and unicorn, a compass star and crown; dated and inscribed: “Lamb Torbert 1787”. Multiple animals, wild and domestic, birds,planted trees, a village with a large fruit tree with a finely engraved large horned owl atop it. A classical vignette from Aesop’s fables of a fox, ewer and a crane. All outlining and scene platforms characterized by tight bands divided into diamonds and hourglasses with dots. 

The carved and polychrome wood plug does not maintain a snug fit and may be a period replacement. The Joe Kindig collection history is significant - a preeminent collector of Frontier arms and armor. Lamb Torbert was apparently a lifelong resident of Bucks County, PA.

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