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John Darbey/1776 Engraved Powder Horn

13" through the curve. Has a raised ring with an engrailed edge. Engraved on the horn is John Darbey His Horn Made at Mount Independence Springs Dated 1776 with trees, vines and leaves. John Darbey carved this powder horn at the newly constructed Mount Independence at the same time as Frederick Humphrey, the previous lot, thus both horns share the same early war history. Militiaman John Darbey cannot be positively identified. No less than ten men named John Darbey (Darby, Darbe, Derbey) are cited in Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution, and the name appears in Connecticut and Maryland sources as well (Ancestry.com). Another John Darbey is found on the roster of the Hanover Rifle Battalion of Lancaster, Pennsylvania with an intriguing story. In December 1776 the battalion was captured at Ft. Washington on Manhattan before Washington withdrew with the remnants of the army to Valley Forge. Earlier, much of the heavy ordnance manhandled to Ticonderoga/Mount Independence was inspected at Ft. Washington so a connection of sorts existed between the two distant posts.

Condition:Horn has a nice dark yellow to brown rich untouched patina. Missing the wood plug. One small chip out of the bottom of horn.

Estimate: $3,500 - $6,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$4,888
10/29/2010

 

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