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This charming powder horn was engraved for Samuel Dudley, a New England soldier serving in Warwick, Rhode Island, in December 1777. The engraved decoration — including a whimsical unicorn, a pair of moose, and two sword-wielding figures with the phrase "Try It Out" — is attributed to Jacob Gay, a prolific powder horn engraver whose surviving work spans 1758-1787. Gay may have been a soldier himself, carving horns to earn extra money or food while serving in the American Army.

Object Details

  • Powder Horn
    Engraved by Jacob Gay
    Warwick, Rhode Island
    December 26, 1777
    Horn (cow), Wood
    Museum of the American Revolution


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William Waller's Powder Horn

This powder horn was carried by Virginia rifleman William Waller and is etched with the slogan "LIBERTY or DEATH."
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