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)
-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.