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“LEET ALL OUR HARTS UNITED BEE IN THE DEFENCE OF

Lot 0037 Details

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13 in. long, base plug circumference 3.5 in., spout circumference .75 in.

A third generation American born in Scituate, Massachusetts, Barnabas Webb enlisted as a private in the Continental Army on February 12, 1776 in Captain Nathaniel Winslow's company of Colonel Josiah Whitney's regiment. After two months of service, he carved the powder horn depicting the end of the Siege of Boston in March 1776. Beyond the intricate carvings of a steady and practiced hand, the horn is possibly the earliest known representation of the stars and stripes together on an American flag, though due to similar markings on all flags in the piece, some historians question this claim.


Engraved on the horn are images associated with the Siege of Boston, including a Royal Navy warship and an unidentified schooner-type vessel typical of the British naval presence at the siege. Also present is a depiction of an American artillery emplacement under the Grand Union flag, in use during the time of the siege. Additional decorations include images of houses and shops, windmills, weather vanes, churches, and extensive floral embellishment. In addition to the scenic artistry, Webb included the patriotic slogan: "LEET ALL OUR HARTS UNITED BEE IN THE DEFENCE OF LIBERTY" in two lines. The dates of the Siege of Boston are etched under the vessels as well as Barnabas' name. The base plug is secured with eight wooden pegs.

The horn was featured in the October 2011 issue of Early American Life magazine and was the subject of a Wall Street Journal article concerning debate over the early flag representation in 2012.

Condition

Some surface wear consistent with age and use.



Backboard split and glued together.

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Sep 08, 2017
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Lot 0037 Details

Description
...

13 in. long, base plug circumference 3.5 in., spout circumference .75 in.

A third generation American born in Scituate, Massachusetts, Barnabas Webb enlisted as a private in the Continental Army on February 12, 1776 in Captain Nathaniel Winslow's company of Colonel Josiah Whitney's regiment. After two months of service, he carved the powder horn depicting the end of the Siege of Boston in March 1776. Beyond the intricate carvings of a steady and practiced hand, the horn is possibly the earliest known representation of the stars and stripes together on an American flag, though due to similar markings on all flags in the piece, some historians question this claim.


Engraved on the horn are images associated with the Siege of Boston, including a Royal Navy warship and an unidentified schooner-type vessel typical of the British naval presence at the siege. Also present is a depiction of an American artillery emplacement under the Grand Union flag, in use during the time of the siege. Additional decorations include images of houses and shops, windmills, weather vanes, churches, and extensive floral embellishment. In addition to the scenic artistry, Webb included the patriotic slogan: "LEET ALL OUR HARTS UNITED BEE IN THE DEFENCE OF LIBERTY" in two lines. The dates of the Siege of Boston are etched under the vessels as well as Barnabas' name. The base plug is secured with eight wooden pegs.

The horn was featured in the October 2011 issue of Early American Life magazine and was the subject of a Wall Street Journal article concerning debate over the early flag representation in 2012.

Condition
...
<p>Some surface wear consistent with age and use.</p><br><br>Backboard split and glued together.<br><br>Eliminate the Hassle of Third-Party Shippers: Let Cowan's Ship Directly To You!<br/>If you'd like a shipping estimate before the auction, contact Cowan's in-house shipping department at shipping@cowans.com or 513.871.1670 x255

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