Very elegant engraved powder horn with several folk style animal scenes and identified to Jonathan Hunton. Engraved animals on this horn include several large North American game species such as deer, elk, bear, ducks and birds. Several marine animals are also engraved with fine detail including fish, turtles and beavers. Blending in with the game species are mystical animals with a mermaid with lions head and a half horse half marine animal. In the center of the animal scenes is a soldier on horse back in attack posture. Just under the identification is a lion. The engraved identification states "Jonathan Hunton His" over "Horn Made At Milford" over "John". The Horn measures 13.25" through the curve with the base measuring 3" in diameter. The base is connected to the horn proper with wood pegs. A long 4" throat to raised ring and spout.
Johnathan Hunton enlisted on October 4, 1775, to Captain Joshua Abbott's Company with 41 other subscribers in the Colony of New Hampshire for $4.00 for full satisfaction. This specific unit was under the command of the Fifth Company of Col. John Stark. This unit was at several famous battles including Bunker Hill in 1775. Jonathan Hunton was also involved with the Battle of Saratoga that ended with the capture of General John Burgoyne.
This horn is in very good condition having been cleaned in the past. The horn proper still displays a yellowing mustard patina. The throat and base with a darker brown patina. The engraving and markings are in very good condition. A great horn with good history.
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