Mystery Date

The date carved into this horn appears to be 1703, but in the light of current scholarship, it is believed this early date falls long before such elaborately-engraved powder horns became popular in the middle of the century.  Indeed, there are not many such horns bearing dates earlier than the 1740s.  Upon recent reexamination of the carving, there is a slight chance that the “0” may have meant to be a “6” but it bears further and closer examination, possibly with the use of sophisticated imaging techniques.  If it were to read 1763, this is a significant date in marking the end of the French and Indian War, also called the Seven Years’ War.  In the French and Indian War, soldiers stationed in New York State are known to have produced some of the most elaborately engraved horns.