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Powder horn belonging to Ephraim Moors

Powder horn belonging to Ephraim Moors Ox or cow horn


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    This powder horn belonged to Ephraim Moors and is attributed to Jacob Gay (1758-1787).  The powder horn features simple illustrations of soldiers, fortifications, buildings, and ships.

    The engraved legend of this powder horn reads: "EPHRAIM/MOORS [with faces inside the O's] his/Horn Made/AT TEMPELS/WARF 29 1775" inside a frame, and "Decr." added below. Map of Cambridge begins at right, with Prospect and Winter Hills, "Lechmore" Point, Plow Hill, "Bunckr" Hill, the Charles and Mystic Rivers illustrated around the horn circumference. Boston and Boston Neck are depicted around the plug base. Additional figures are engraved as fillers: 5 soldiers marching in single file; a dog; a pair of dueling swordsmen under legend; deer and a rabbit; fish in the Mystic, ships in the Charles. The initials "I.B.W." are repeated twice: once at the Dorchester end of Boston neck and also at the end of the Mystic River. The horn has a plain rounded plug, held in by three small wood dowels, and a steel bar to attach a missing cord. The round spout has an octagonal base with a carved single ring separating the two forms. The horn lacks a stopper.