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Powder Horn: John Bunker (1812-7), with Carving Unfurled, and a Vignette View of the Powder House, Nantucket, Massachusetts, with a Key to Encoded Carving

Object Number: 
1907.36.343
Date: 
1891
Medium: 
Watercolor, brown and black ink and wash, and graphite, with selective glazing on beige paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 12 1/2 x 15 1/8 in. ( 31.8 x 38.4 cm )
Marks: 
inscriptions: Signed bottom right: Aug 5, 1891/ Canajoharie N.Y. Rufus A. Grider
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed and signed at lower right in black ink: "JOHN BUNKER'S HORN...1891 / Canajoharie N.Y. Rufus A. Grider.", with a brief history of the horn; at middle right: "Key to / CYPHER [alpha-numerical code carved into horn]"; at upper right below vignette: "1775 / The NANTUCKET / POWDER HOUSE."; verso has annotations in graphite that decode cypher
Description: 
Military
Credit Line: 
Gift of Isaac J. Greenwood
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group