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Powder horn, "Thomas Sharod His Horn 1726"

1726 (dated)
Origin: America, Virginia (possibly)
OL: 16 1/2"
Horn, pine, brass
Gift of William H. Guthman and Elizabeth Stillinger
Acc. No. 1997-229
Powder horn with honey-colored patina depicting a large, brick, double walled fortification and buildings of detailed, neatly laid brick construction; "THOMAS SHAROD HIS HORN 1726 / AUGUST Ye 7 / JORGES FORT / 1726" engraved in block letters; a large British flag on a tall pole waves above the fort; also depicted are a decorated canoe with two Indians paddling, uniformed soldiers (some with muskets, others with polearms, one holding a British flag, and two toasting one another), birds, fish, deer, plants, trees, and the face of an Indian; the flat plug appears to be hard pine and has a small, brass drawer pull screwed into the center for the carrying strap; plug was originally secured by four wood pegs, but three have been replaced by modern small nails; recessed portion begins 5" from the tip of the spout, which is raised 1-1/2" long, for the carrying strap; scalloping at the beginning of the recessed portion.
Provenance:Mr. William H. Guthman, Westport, CT
Mark(s):Engraved in block letters: "THOMAS SHAROD HIS HORN 1726" "AUGUST Ye 7 / JORGES FORT 1726"