Made by Jacob Gay / Powder Horn / 1759Made by Jacob Gay
Powder Horn

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Creator Name: Gay, Jacob
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Maker
Creator Dates/Places: recorded 1758-1787
Creator Name-CRT: Made by Jacob Gay
Title: Powder Horn
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1759
Creation End Date: 1759
Creation Date: 1759
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Arms
Materials and Techniques: Cowhorn
Dimensions: L. 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 37.131.4
Credit Line: The Collection of J. H. Grenville Gilbert, of Ware, Massachusetts, Gift of Mrs. Gilbert, 1937

A powder horn, a container usually made from an animal horn, is used for carrying gunpowder. This example is engraved with a map of the Hudson valley and the forts from Albany to the Great Lakes, the British coat of arms, and the name of the owner, Jotham Bemus (1738-1786). Many early American powder horns were decorated by their owners. Others, like this horn, were the work of professional engravers.

AMICA ID: MMA_.37.131.4
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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