Powder Horn

Unknown American, American


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Horn, pine, iron, string

Overall: 13 3/8 in. (34 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Marie Elaine Tefft in memory of William Paul Nelson, Class of 1961



Place Made: United States, North America



Object Name

Armament: Accessory

Research Area

Decorative Arts

American History

Not on view


Inscribed: SAML PEASLEE / HIS HORN 1780

Exhibition History

American Art, Colonial to Modern, Israel Sack Gallery and Rush Family Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 26, 2019-September 12, 2021.

American Folk Art at the Hood Museum of Art (a thematic partial permanent gallery installation); Israel Sack Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, July 16, 2015.

Published References

Grangsay, Stephen V. American Engraved Powder Horns: A Study Based on the J. H. Grenville Gilbert Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1945. Guthman, William H. Drums A'beating, Trumpets Sounding: Artistically Carved Powder Horns in the Provincial Manner, 1746-1781. Hartford, Conn: Connecticut Historical Society, 1993. Guthman, William H. “Powder Horns Carved in the Provincial Manner, 1744–1781.” The Magazine Antiques, October, 1993, 494–501. Routh, James E. Jr. his horn[e] made: Engraved Powder Horns from the Collection of James E. Routh, Jr. Athen, Ga., 2000. Worthen, Augusta Harvey, compiler. The History of Sutton, New Hampshire, 2 vols. Concord, N.H.: 1890.


A descendant of the original owner then residing in central New Hampshire; sold to Marie Elaine Nelson (later Tefft), c. 1969–70; given to present collection, 2012

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