M6935 | Powder horn

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Powder horn
1759, 18th century
Bone: horn; metal: silver; Carved, assembled
7 cm
Gift of Mr. David Ross McCord
© McCord Museum
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This mid-18th-century powder flask made from cow horn is inscribed with the initials "IWKR" and the date "22 1759". The initials are undoubtedly those of the flask's owner, John Rollo (1736-1762), the "I" being a printed form of the letter "J" during the 18th century. Rollo was a member of the 22nd Regiment of Foot, the Cheshire regiment that was posted to Canada from 1756 until 1761. Also incised on the horn is the British Royal Coat of Arms and a map of the state of New York, showing the route from New York City to Lake Champlain and the location of all the forts.