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3361T Marlborough
March 18, 2020 12:00 PM - March 26, 2020 07:00 PMCalender

Ebenezer Kemp's Siege of Boston Powder Horn and Canteen

Auction: Sale #3361T - 3361T Location: Marlborough Date / Time: March 18, 2020 12:00PM


Ebenezer Kemp's Siege of Boston Powder Horn and Canteen, c. 1775, pine plug with the initials "SP," base carved with compasswork and crosshatching, horn carved with foliate designs, a ship, houses, fish, and "EBENEZER KEMP/HIS HORN/WHEN THIS YOU SEA REMEMBER/ME AND LET ME NOT BE FOR/GOTTON" with the rest worn down from wearing on his side, and "CAMBRIDGE/JULY YE 24: 1775" with "1775" at lower left, the spout has a brass period repair with the date "1774" carved on one of the facets, and a staved canteen with the initials "EK" carved twice on one side, and once on the other, horn lg. 14, canteen dia. 7 1/2, wd. 3 5/8 in.

Provenance: By family descent to the consignor.

Note: Ebenezer Kemp of Groton, Massachusetts, was a private in Captain Henry Farwell's company of Minute Men, Colonel William Prescott's regiment. He marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775, and served six days. With the organization of the new Massachusetts Army, he enlisted on April 25, 1775, in Colonel Prescott's regiment. He was at the Battle of Bunker Hill and the Siege of Boston, and served again in 1776 and 1777.
Estimate $4,000-6,000

Horn has some wear from use and a crack but in overall good condition. The canteen has wear from use but is in good condition.

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Henry Farwell, Ebenezer Kemp, Groton, CAMBRIDGE