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William Starling Powder Horn

William Starling Powder Horn
William Starling Powder Horn
William Starling Powder Horn
William Starling Powder Horn
Horn, wood, leather, metal
Overall: 3 1/4 x 3 1/2 x 12 1/8 in. ( 8.3 x 8.9 x 30.8 cm )
Carved horn powder horn owned by William Starling, with wooden cover at one end with circular leather fragments secured with a nail at the center; horn incised with map of Fort Niagara and Fort Ontario, and the Niagara and Owego rivers, with figures and ships; spout end has carved knob, metal spout. See drawing of same by Rufus A. Grider, 1907.36.185
Credit Line 
Gift of George A. Zabriskie
Object Number 
incised: throughout: "LAKE ONTARIO / ISTE Rvr / THE MOUTH OF THE RIVER OSWEGO / FORT ONTARIO" incised: bottom, one side: "WILLIAM STARLING / July 17 1760" incised: bottom, opposite side: "PLAN OF FORT NIAGARA / A THE FORT WITH ITS OUT WORKS / B THE DOCK YARD / C THE LIME KILN / D THE BRIK (sic) YARK AND KILN / E THE Burrying PLACE / F THE PLACE WHERE THE OCTION (sic) OF 24 JULY 1759 / G PECE (sic) OF PLOUGHED LAND"
Gallery Label 
The artwork on this powder horn celebrates the victory of Sir William Johnson who captured the fort in 1759.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group