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Powder horn carved with military and aquatic motifs. At center is a three masted ship with a single cannon deck flying a flag with a union jack in the left corner with two dark stripes and one light stripe (possibly the Grand Union Flag) surrounded by a mermaid, fish, bird and sun. A battle scene at top depicts a line of troops; some appear to be British Grenadiers (long conical hats) and Scottish (kilts). Below is a landscape with a fortified town with a harbor filled with British ships surrounding a fort on an island. Outside the village are fields and windmills. Other decorations include a peacock, lion, and fish, and a man hunting a deer armed with a musket. An arched scalloped border and notched decoration decorates the spout end. The wooden stopper has a paddle-shaped end.


c. 1760



Horn, wood


Overall (H x W x D): 4 3/4 in. x 15 1/2 in. x 6 1/4 in. (12.07 cm x 39.37 cm x 15.88 cm)

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Mount Vernon Collection

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