Canoeing the King’s Waterways

I recently read a fascinating French book which I would recommend to anyone interested in early colonial history of the US, or should I say “French America”. The author: Jean Raspail, a renowned French writer, journalist and also explorer. The French title: “En Canot Sur les Chemins D’Eau Du Roi: Une Aventure En Amérique (Le…

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Engraved Powder Horns – Part 4

The enlarged images can be viewed in a slideshow by clicking the first image and then clicking the “next” button. See the biography of the watercolorist Rufus Alexander Grider after the images. A few months ago an old article on powder horns alerted me to the work of the watercolorist Rufus Alexander Grider. He must…

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Engraved Powder Horns – Part 3

This article has been reproduced from the July 1939 issue of the American Collector. American Engraved Powder Horns By Stephen V. Grancsay Curator of Arms and Armor Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (All illustrations from the J.H. Grenville Gilbert Collection, Metropolitan Museum) THE period of the French and Indian War was a map-making era….

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French Settlers in Saratoga, NY

I just received this fascinating story from Christine Valosin, curator at the Saratoga National Historical Park. I couldn’t help but sharing it with everyone. Here is what she wrote to me: My colleague, Chris Martin, the park’s resource manager, and I, began to realize about a year ago that if we conducted any historical or…

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Engraved Powder Horns – Part 2

William H. Guthman, an avid collector of powder horns! I don’t think you can talk about powder horns without talking about this well-known scholar and dealer in historical and military Americana. I don’t pretend to know him, but I’d love to show you a few things he has shared with us. He was born in…

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Engraved Powder Horns – Part 1

Engraved powder horns are simply fascinating. Particularly those with detailed historical maps. They are truly a piece of art, and the work of incredible craftsmen. I discovered them by pure chance, and got interested in them because they often feature maps from the region of Lake Champlain, the region where I live and which I…

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