Thomas Kempton Powder Horn

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Thomas Kempton Powder Horn
Paul Newman
March 17, 2022

This engraved powder horn was made by an unidentified professional carver for Capt. Thomas Kempton of Massachusetts during the Siege of Boston in 1775. The powder horn depicts scenes of Roxbury and Boston, including the Boston lighthouse, a fort flying the British flag, Boston Neck, a barracks and other buildings in Roxbury. Museum Collections and Operations Manager Paul Newman discusses the practical use and the detailed decoration of the powder horn.