September 29, 2021 The Bill Myers Collection
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 9/29/2021
This horn was on display for over two years at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Powder horn measures 17" overall in length. An excellent and rare example of a Lake George School-carved powder horn. The horn shows many similarities relating to engraver John Bush. The horn is inscribed to Jabez Thompson, who was a Connecticut officer. Thompson had the dates and locations of his service recorded on this professionally decorated horn. The horn is inscribed: “Jabez Thompson: Horn Made at Number four / May 9 1757/ Captain Jabez Thompson; in camp at Lake George October 6th 1758 / So Lookd the Hero coming from the board of naval counsels and put of his sword / Montreal Caputilated; Make Ready Present Fire / at crown point Novr the 7th 1759; Sep.r 8’ 1760”. A detailed image of four military figures firing on four adversaries who are returning the same with long arms and spontoons depicted. There are also decorative swirling, organic shapes, including a flower occupying one panel. There are nicely executed borders at both ends of the raised portion of the horn. The darker throat has two carved rings for suspension with a 2” spout showing evidence of a previous very old deteriorated label. A December 2002 Maine Antiques Digest article accompanies this horn and stated this is to be the top lot in an upcoming auction. Also photos, the auction catalog and reference materials regarding the Lake George School of carving are also included. CONDITION: Excellent. Minor chipping to throat rings. Light rubbing wear and scratches to some images/calligraphy as expected. Appealing, mellow honey patina. PROVENANCE: Thomaston Place Auction Galleries, Thomaston, Maine 2002. DRG
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Minimum Bid: $15,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $40,800.00
Estimate: $30,000 - $60,000
Number Bids: 13
Auction closed on Wednesday, September 29, 2021.
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