Engraved Powder Horn I'd to David Carter Dated 1778

Beautifully engraved powder horn measuring 12" through the curve.  The octagonal spout measures 2.5" from the smooth raised ring.  Engraved in banner "David Carter His Horn AD. 1778." Several engraved wilderness animals such as an elk, bear and 2 deer.  A couple mythical animals engraved such as a half horse and mermaid next to an a gentleman on horseback.  Wood base with lobe and wood pegs.  Engrailed edge. Accompanying this lot is a copy of David Carter's Pension Application from the state of Georgia dated 1832.

David Carter entered the militia in North Carolina as a volunteer under Captain Martin in the spring of 1778.  In June of 1779, Carter entered the main army of General Rutherford at Peedee and was transitioned into a rifle company.  The company was in battle at Camden and was defeated upon which Carter was taken prisoner and served 11 months on prison ships. After, his exchange Carter returned home before enlisting in the militia again as a substitute. He served on the frontier as a guard against the Shawnee Indians under Captain Owens.


This horn displays a pleasing yellowing patina with some areas blending to a darker brown. All engraving is sharp and crisp and done by the same hand. The raised ring through the spout have an even light brown patina. Overall a very good identified horn with good history.

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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