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Flat Horn: Jotham Bemus
by Steve Lodding & Randy Pewtress
 
     
 

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About Flat Horns::

An idea inspired by the works of Rufus A. Grider, Robert M. Hartley and also what Stephen V. Grancsay had done with the "J.H. Grenville Gilbert Collection" in his book, American Engraved Powder Horns, by drawing a powder horn open like a piece of paper to show all of the engraving of the horn. This was truly a great idea.

So we explored the idea further to do the same using real horn knowing this would produce a much better image because the textures and colors real horn has cannot be captured with paper, water colors or just pen and ink. We have done this same process using real horn panels. Staying as close to the originals as possible, we also incorporated carved spouts, base plugs, and other materials to best achieve the "flattened horn look".

The flattened horn and accompanying description are displayed in a one of a kind handmade shadow box with curly maple frame.

Description: (included in the presentation case)

Jotham Bemus (1758-1786) was a soldier probably in the Massachusetts provincial troops. He also ran the only tavern on the road from Albany to Ft. Edward, the location on Bemus Heights which was four miles north of Stillwater. It is quite possible that Jacob Gay, the engraver of this horn, may have been commissioned by Bemus to do the work in exchange for food, drink or lodging. Gay may even have engraved other horns for soldiers who were marching to or from the forts while he stayed at the tavern.

This horn is a wonderful example of Jacob Gay's work. His use of the British coat-of-arms encased by a bold geometric fort showing the proper use of line work and cross-hatching as well as his shaded block letters with vine like serifs for which he is so well known. He has signed this horn and where it was made using a vine like script just under the coat-of-arms. The two formations of armed soldiers above the name, the left carrying muskets with fixed bayonets, giving the command to "Halt" to the three soldiers and two Indian scouts on the right. The rest of the elements Gay uses to complete the horn are a buck, a horse, a fox and the poem tawa was seen on so many horns of the day. There is a map from New York to Crown Point shat shows different landmarks of that area, but it is though that it was done by a different hand than Gay's??

Overall Size: 16" x 22"
Price - $1,450.00

 
     
     
   
     
 
 
     
 

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