A slightly different take on our occasional Fort Friday:
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This is a Revolutionary War powder-horn featuring some great scrimshaw and was recently up for sale in Portsmouth, UK. This is reportedly from a soldier who served in the British 7th Regiment of Foot and “features a map of the Hudson River, the famous river that flows from north to south through eastern New York State, as it was during the American revolution… The profuse engravings include depictions of wildlife (including a beaver and deer), the towns (Saratoga, Stonrabby), states (Albany), forts (Fort Hunter, Fort Henry) & tributaries (Mohawk River, North River) as they were during this era. Also depicted on this is a view of New York city, with ships underneath for the ocean that lays beyond. The British Royal coat of arms lays on the larger, lower edge. The owner is named in a cartouche..."W.M.Gill, His horn press on"
There are several fine examples of such detailed engraving.
|Source: American Engraved Powder Horns, by Stephen V. Granesay, Ray Riling Arms Books Co., Phildelphia, 1965|