Monday, August 31, 2015

Lake George School Powder Horn by Scott and Cathy Sibley

Lake George School horn by Cathy and Scott Sibley. Made in 2002. The original is a well known piece. Inscriptions read "Made Nathaniel Selking At No 4 March th15 1758. Street Firing Make Ready Prefent fire. Powder with My Brother Ball A Hero Do Concor All. WAR. Drums Abeating Collers Flieing Trumpets Sounding Men A Dieing These are The Blood Effects Of War. Artwork includes soldiers firing at each other, mounted troops and all are led by non coms or by a mounted officer. Lots of scroll work. The horn is around 17 inches on the outside curve. Carries well on either side. A pretty amazing piece of work. $650. plus postage in CONUS. SOLD

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original horn

A Fort is Constructed

Much of our information about the layout of the Fort comes from a map by soldier John Maynard. It outlines a plan showing the Fort’s homes, outbuildings, well placements and stockade. The map also lists some of the names of those living in the Fort at No. 4 during the summer of 1746. It shows that the Fort was built in the shape of a square with pointed twelve foot posts standing five inches apart, enough to shoot out from, but not wide enough for someone to enter. Inside this protective wall they brought in existing houses and connected them with lean-tos. They constructed a “Great Chamber” with an attached wooden tower that served as a look out for miles up and down the Connecticut River. The large hall served as a function room for church service, meetings or barracks. In addition, they eventually secured a cannon, placed in Parker House, that would sound the alarm of danger in case of attack. Should danger appear, residents would seek refuge inside the Fort leaving their fields and large animals.

Photos by Jan Riser. Fort information from here.

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