Accompanying this horn is a dossier of 37 pages, all acquired through various official sources, concerning the ancestors, military service and descendants of the original owner, Josiah Emerson (1738/40-1827) of Methuen, Essex County, Massachusetts.
Overall 17" on the outside curve including the original, domed, hardwood baseplug 2 3/4" in diameter. It appears that the carrying strap was secured to the plug by a group of very small iron nail with fragments remaining. No attachment device had ever been put into the center of the plug nor is there any indication that there had once been a lobe extending from the rim of the horn.
Architecturally, the horn is gracefully fashioned possessing an untouched very pleasing cream color over its main body. The neck and spout, the latter faceted, are a light to dark brown. There are two old thin surface abrasions at the extreme tip which are not offensive. The strap retaining ring is of an undulating design.
In a large panel comprised of a series of wavy borders is the inscription "1775 JOSIAH EMERSON", at either end of the pannel are simple foliate designs accompanied by a lone chicken, encircling the neck beneath the engrailed edge there is a swag border.
This is an attractive horn, very solid and well-preserved and of the type carried by the common soldier in the American Revolution - perhaps created by the patriot himself.