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Powder Horns

Historic Deerfield is proud to be home to one of the finest assemblages of this indigenous and unique American art form, thanks in large part to the acquisition of The William H. Guthman Collection of Engraved American Powder Horns in 2005. The collection is currently on display in the exhibition Engraved Powder Horns from the French and Indian War and the American Revolution.  View or download a pdf of the article“Revealing the Culture of Conflict: Engraved Powder Horns from The French & Indian War,” by Philip Zea, President, Historic Deerfield.


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Powder horn

Inscribed “NATHANIEL BARTLETT/HIS HORN/MADE BY HIM/IN/ALBANY/OCTOBER/THE 16 1755.” Cow horn. Museum Purchase with Funds Generously Donated by Elizabeth Stillinger in Memory of William H. Guthman, 2015.37. 

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Powder Horn: William Patterson

By Lake George School. Horn, wood, base metal: iron; black paint. Lake George, New York (probably). 1759. Gift of William H. Guthman, 2005.20.37