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Captain Peter Perit used this horn at the Siege of Boston in 1775. The decorations on it include the lion and unicorn from the British Royal Coat of Arms. The horn also bears the motto “Success to America” and a pine tree, a symbol of New England. In 1775, Americans fought for their liberty but still considered themselves loyal subjects of the British Crown.  

Object Details

  • Powder Horn
    Attributed to Jacob Gay
    Temple Farm, Massachusetts
    December 20, 1775
    Horn (cow), Wood (pine), Iron, Ink
    Museum of the American Revolution


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