The subject matter of this French and Indian War horn consists of quite a large British Great Seal with all the usual trappings and legends executed in a professional manner. Beneath this is an unlabeled cityscape again larger than usual. To its left a well-detailed four bastion fort and to its left a windmill. Directly above this edifice is another mill in apparently different, but period hand. This mill is very lightly engraved and without disturbing any of the other motifs. This view is doubtless the city of New York, the fortification being Fort George its site today's "Battery Park" on the southernmost tip of Manhattan.
The style of the engraving closely parallels that of the so called 'Pointed Tree Carver' (a 20th century moniker). The cataloger of this horn who has personally examined 60 of his works - not all with painted trees - believes it is not his hand.
Overall on the outside curve 15"original flat, pine baseplug 2.75" in diameter cut with three indistinct initials and the date "1758". There is a rudimentary lobe which contains a brass staple to retain the carrying strap. This may be a period repair, beneath it is a 1/2" crack by the staple securing it from further opening. The neck displays three relief rings , the lower having a 1.25" area of old fracturing - a common occurrence for these. The uppermost contains two worm holes roughly 1/16" and 3/16" in diameter. The faceted spout has long ago been shortened approximately 5/8". The wooden stopper is modern.
Long ago there has been applied a very thin coat of shellac or varnish, now quite darkened. If this were to be professionally removed - only someone who has accomplished this with other powder horns - this horn would be immeasurably enhanced.
This early horn displays a pleasing untouched dark patina. Excellent condition.