Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 130: 18th Century Samuel Davison Engraved New York Powder Horn

Auction Date: May 14, 2021

Historic 18th Century American Samuel Davison Engraved New York Powder Horn

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,500 - $7,000

Historic 18th Century American Samuel Davison Engraved New York Powder Horn

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Catalog Page: 137
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This engraved powder horn from c. 1765 is signed "MADE BY SAMUEL DAVISON" near the base. A New York map horn from just after the French & Indian War in 1765 by Davison is discussed in "Colonial New York: A History" by Michael G. Kammen on p. 326 and in "Becoming America: The Revolution Before 1776" by Jon Butler and is part of the Smithsonian's collection, and another horn from that year is also known. This horn is reported to have been purchased in the 1940s in the Washington, D.C., area. The body of the horn is heavily engraved with the Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom, floral motifs, stand of arms and colors with cannons, a hunter and stag scene, a grand building with the sun, moon, and stars above; and a New York City scene with a smaller boat and a British ship. The flat base plug has "LD" with a heart centered between the letters (appear to be inlaid), a carved grape vine above, a carved floral pattern below, and a matted background. The throat has an engrailed edge, and it and the spout have turned rings.

Rating Definition:

Very good. The horn has attractive aged patina overall, distinct engraving some chipping visible at the edge of the base, and some small insect holes. The base is also chipped at the edge and also has distinct designs. This is a very attractive and distinctive pre-Revolutionary War powder horn.

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