Henry Bower's Engraved New York Map Powder Horn.
This horn came into our offices a few months ago fresh out of the attic from our neighboring state of Kentucky. The horn is 16 inches in overall length and is a fine example of a classic New York Map Horn.
The horn is engraved "Henry Bowers" with a pair of initials "H.B." on the horn as well as the plug. Cities included on the horn are: New York, Chinakety, E. Hvnier, F. Henrik, F. Harkiman, F. Sciler, F. Stainwix, Wood Creek, Royal Blok Hoys, F. Edward, Niagara, Lake Ontario, Saratoga, Stilwater, Half Moon, Albany, and Canada Creek. Engraved images on the horn include: ships, buildings, rivers, forts, a man shooting at a deer with his dog nearby, trees, and a windmill. Red highlights have been added to some of the rivers, human figures and animals.
Illustrated above is an extraordinary French & Indian War Engraved Map Powder Horn of Pennsylvania that Cowan's sold for $57,500 in our November 28 & 29th, 2009 Sale. One of the reasons for the high price realized on this horn is that the Pennsylvania map horns are far more rare than their New York counterparts.
We have some other engraved horns in the upcoming April 28 &29th, 2010 Historic Firearms and Early Militaria Sale as well (as illustrated in the above photographs). This last horn pictured recently came into our offices. It is a horn that belonged to Jake Smith and dated September 16, 1795.
We are now beginning to accept consignments for our Fall 2010 Historic Firearms and Early Militaria Sale.