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    Doubtless the most historic American Revolutionary War item we've ever catalogued

    Historically Important Carved American Revolutionary War Powder Horn with the Carved Legend "Elijah Sexton His Horn A Son Of Liberty". Sexton enlisted from Connecticut, April 21, 1775, just two days after Lexington and Concord, in Captain Emory Pease's Company, part of Gen. Israel Putnam's command, subsequently enlisting six different times in various Connecticut regiments through the course of the war. Although apparently not engaged at Bunker Hill on June 17, Sexton stated that his "regiment lay within range of the British guns on the day of that battle." Indeed one soldier in his regiment was killed by British artillery fire that day. A complete account of Sexton's Revolutionary War service, in his own words, is included with the archives records that accompany the horn. Superbly detailed and the first such account, directly related to a Revolutionary War artifact we've ever seen. The horn is 11.5" overall, tip to tip, actually over 15" incorporating the curve. In addition to the aforementioned motto, the horn is carved with: a compass rose; a lion; floral vines; two horses; two mounted figures facing one another, one brandishing a saber, the other firing a pistol at his opponent; the Sexton family coat of arms surrounded by a 0.25" border "Sexton Coat Of Arms"; and, bordering the "Son Of Liberty"' legend, the representation of a town, likely either Boston or Roxbury. There are eight individual buildings, all highly detailed and flying on a pole in the center, a representation of what is obviously the second flag of New England, incorporating the St. Andrews cross. Based on the motifs, it is likely this horn was carved between between Sexton's enlistment on April 21, and the Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17. Retains the original walnut convex base, held in place with five wooden pegs. There is a 0.5" wide faceted pewter band inlaid near the tip, apparently to serve as reinforcement for the spout, which exhibits several very old hairline cracks with no loss. There is also a 4" hairline crack extending from the base, again with no loss but some minor separation. There is the residue from some old scotch tape around the base, apparently placed there many years ago to reinforce the 4" hairline. The horn overall with superb deep rich patina, really wonderful. A remarkable touchstone to the most important events and battles of the earliest stages of the American Revolution.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2010
    26th Saturday
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