Richard Skidmore
Powder Horn
Horn and wood
1764
Peabody Essex Museum

"Richard Skidmore was born in Methuen, Massachusetts, and served as a drummer boy in the company from Middleton, Massachusetts, that saw action in the taking of Quebec in 1758 under Gen. James Wolfe during the French and Indian War. One side of the horn is engraved with three structures, including a 'Tavern' and 'Metinghous,' presumably in Danvers where Skidmore settled and worked as a wheelwright. A figure stands to the left smoking a clay pipe. The other side has numerous floral and geometric designs."

Quoted from: In the American Spirit: Folk Art from the Collections. Peabody Essex Museum, 5 May through 30 September 1994; p 16.