1777 Revolutionary War Powder Horn~Fort Montgomery
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This is one of the finest early American powder horns that I have personally seen in years. This extraordinary relic belonged to one Revolutionary and War of 1812 patriot John West of an early primitive Fort Montgomery in Rouses Point,New York or the one near West Point. It is beautifully & methodically illustrated showing American clipper ships,canons firing,guns,people,weather worn stone ladden buildings of a sea side village and of coarse the prominent sailor & soldier friendly church. There is also cantankerous sea serpents,wild American extinct flowers and plants,aquatic mysterious creatures of the deep and additional engraved illustrations that transforms this powder horn into an allegorical masterpiece. And as you can see it is dated as well with the engraved date of what appears to be July 3rd 1777. A liitle bit of history around this timeline has Gen Sir Henry Clinton attacking Ft. Montgomery and Ft. Clinton in the Hudson Highlands. Both forts surrender, American Gen George Clinton, and Col John Lamb escape in October of 1777. The horn itself measures roughly 15" inches long and 3" inches in circumference. It has what I believe to be a domed fir/spruce plug end with a small ring on the throat. As you can see the contemporary leather tie is just for display purposes only. In addition there is fine old patina throughout with the noted crack as shown. What we believe to know of one John West appears to have been passed down through the storied ages. He apparently enlisted in the Continental army in the late 18th century from Spotsylvania County in Virginia He served as a private in Captain Mark Thomas and Benjamin Robert's Companies under Major Slaughter and Colonel William Davies in the Virginia troops. And also served in both land and sea military operations against the British. One record has him being noted as a keen and accurate sharpshooter against the "bloody redcoats". How he ended up at Fort Montgomery is a mystery. But further research by the fortunate winner should prove quite fruitful. More recent background on this item is to be found in October of 2005 when this family brought the powder horn to the Antique road show held in Tampa,Florida. The experts were pretty much astonished at seeing such an example exist. A gentleman named Ronald Bourgeault working as an expert for the show placed a stated "conservative appraisal" between $10,000 and $15,000. The family of recent date considered consigning it through the major New York auction houses but was turned off by their commissions. This powder horn has been in their family as long as anyone can recall. I will ship this powder horn one of two ways by registered insured mail or Federal Express with the appropriate insurance. Please feel free to e-mail me with additional questions or concerns. I can provide more photographs for your inspection.