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Revolutionary War Map Powder horn 1784 JOHN DAY Bill Guthmann Swayze Collection
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"John Day Horn" c.1784 Revolutionary War Era Map Horn from private collection of Author Nathan L. Swayze.  Evaluated & photographed by renowned expert W.H."Bill" Guthman.  Documented in 1978 reference book.

This is your chance to own a spectacular, well documented piece of American History.  This horn is from the private collection of author/collector NATHAN L. SWAYZE.  Mr. Swayze published a book in 1978 titled: "ENGRAVED POWDER HORNS OF THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR AND THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR ERA"  in the book, this horn is referenced, photographed and described by William H. Guthman "Bill" on several pages.  William Guthman in his own right is a renowned collector/dealer/expert in Americana, including guns & powder horns of this era, and was a featured for many appraisals of powder horns on The Antiques Roadshow.


This horn has it's has a name, date, map & iron-clad provenance!  It is in spectacular condition just as photographed in the reference book from 1978.  The book has very large, clear, well photographed images, to easily identify all features.  The purchaser of this item will also be receiving the book which itself sells for over $200.00.  Please feel free to ask any questions prior to purchasing or making offer.  Below are descriptions of this horn from the reference book as well as many detailed photos.  This horn was sold at auction in March 29, 2008 to a dealer and in turn purchased by me.


Please be sure to check out my other listings for other great quality rare powder & rum horns


Descriptions from book:

From Page 171

"Map horn

15 1/2" overall curved length

Left handed

Light honey color

"John Day His Horn July ye 17 1784"


A well constructed horn with a fancy serrated edge at the throat, a short round throat, a multi-sided spout.  The end of the spout is tipped with a pierced pewter ring for looks as well as protection.  The flat pine base is held by small wood pegs, and there is an extended lobe for the carrying strap.  Of interest, is the carved sur-charge of the pine base:"PID".  These could probably be the initials of a late owner; however they could also be a marital, with the "I" (One) representing "First".  The map is the direct northern route to Canada, Starting at the base end, it shows: "R P D" (River Des Prairies) "L O C" (Little Otter Creek) "O C" (Otter Creek) "G C" (Probably another creek) "C P" (Fort Crown Point) "T C" ( Fort Ticonderoga) "E B" (East Bay) "S B" (South Bay) "E C" (Probably a creek) and "W C" (Wood Creek).  The balance of the engraving consists of a line of marching soldiers (20) extending the entire length of the horn proper, a deer, a house with a tall steeple and a fish for a weathervane, a ship and several trees."


From Page 232- Regarding early original repair of this horn with photograph

"Powder horns, as other accoutrements and weapons, are sometimes damaged, yet subject to repair.  The repair shown on horn is practical and effective.  The material used appears to be raw hide, which would be ideal to repair the crack.  By using a string of raw hide, the crack can be pulled together and held, for as the raw hide dries, it shrinks" (Photo of repair in book on next page)

ASKING PRICE:  $10,000.00
The following images are of this powder horn from Nathan L. Swayze's 1978 book ENGRAVED POWDER HORNS OF THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR AND THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR ERA Pages #171,172,173 which was described and photographed by W.H "Bill" Guthman.  This horn also shown on page #232-4 (Explaining quality original repair) & #26 of this book as his example of a MAP HORN. Book is included.


This item will be expertly packed and shipped with full insurance, tracking and signature confirmation.  Shipping method & service will be at the discretion of the seller for all "Free" shipping listings.  Other shipping methods & speed options are available to you for additional cost.  Any purchases made on a Friday afternoon, Saturday, Sunday or Holiday will not ship out until the following business day.  Please keep in mind that I only have control of the item from purchase until it is shipped out, any delays due to Postal service or natural disasters are out of my control, please keep this in mind when leaving feedback.


Immediate payment via PayPal is expected for all purchases, unless other arrangements are made prior.  Items will not ship until payment has fully cleared, please keep in mind that sometimes using an "eCheck" will cause a delay in shipping for payment to clear.


Returns are accepted within 14 days, but only if item is "Significantly" different than what is described or photographed.  All sales are considered final and are not "Upon buyers approval" or "Contingency" sales. No refunds for buyers remorse!  If you have ANY questions or are not clear on anything described or photographed, please ask all questions BEFORE you purchase or place offer.  I will be happy to answer any questions or provide you with additional photos, as necessary.  If requesting photos, please be sure to include your direct email address.

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