“This is based on an original from 1757. Robert M. Hartley, my great uncle, made an illustration of the original, found in the Mohawk Valley of New York State, in the 1930’s. His original sketches of many “valley” powder horns of the French and Indian and Revolutionary War periods are in the museum in the basement of the public library in St. Johnsville, New York. I added a period repair to this horn using cutler’s resin and a piece of brass sheet metal.”
I know John Proud and the horners are planning to soon publish a book on the Hartley sketches, which will be a terrific resource. I don’t think publishing a scan of this original copy I inherited of one of my “Uncle Rob’s” sketches would be a problem and might enhance interest in the forthcoming book.
When Robert Weil started collecting images for the Contemporary Makers book in 1973 the challenge to record contemporary gun work was daunting. Gathering material was difficult and time consuming. Few makers thought that there was any value in published documentation of their work. Electronic publishing has changed all that. Having a website or having one's work available to view on the internet is becoming a necessity. In spite of all the potential to finally have a true overview of what's being produced by the artists of today, a great deal of work still remains covered up and basically unknown. Our role is to make an effort to document some portion of what’s going on today. To comment on the established makers and to uncover the unknown. We welcome your comments and suggestions and look to you our readers to make us aware of the talented makers out there. Art and Jan Riser Robert Weil and The Makers