$2,450.00

SKU: US21928 Category: Product ID: 20250

Description

HORN – REVOLUTIONARY WAR W/EXTENDED RW LIP, 8″ OVERALL LENGTH WITH HORN PLUG: THIS SMALL HORN BELONGED TO A MAN IN THE 90TH REGT OF IRISH VOLUNTEERS IN THE FRENCH ARMY THAT FOUGHT IN AMERICA IN THE REVOLUTION (1777-1782). ENGRAVED AROUND THE EDGE OF A CIRCLE IS “DILLONS REGT. IRISH VO.”, WITH ANGEL IN 2/3 BOTTOM PART OF CIRCLE HOLDING LIGHT WHICH SHINES ONTO A BANNER THAT READS “LIBERTY”, BACKED BY A HARP, ABOVE ANGEL’S HEAD IS A CIRCLE WITH “90”. ABOVE THE CIRCLE IS A FRENCH “FLUER DY LIS”. BASE HELD IN BY WOOD PLUGS AROUND WHICH ARE CONCENTRIC CIRCLES FOR DECORATION (HORN WAS OBVIOUSLY DAMAGED ON ONE SIDE AND THEN SHORTENED – LEAVING THE LIP BUT SHOWS USE AFTER THE REPAIR). BEHIND THE WINGED ANGEL IS THE IRISH HARP, BEHIND WHICH IN A RECTANGLE WITH “JOHNSONS HORN” IN A BANNER, THEN WITHIN THE BOTTOM PANEL IS ANOTHER BANNER WITH “1776”(THE YEAR IN WHICH IT BECAME THE 90TH). THIS HORN CAME OUT OF AN OLD SAVANNAH FAMILY THAT HAS HAD IT FOR THE LAST 4 GENERATIONS. DILLON’S REGIMENT ORIGINATED (REGIMENT DE DILLON) WAS RAISED IN IRELAND IN 1688 BY THEOBALD DILLON, 7TH VISCOUNT DILLON. DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION IT WAS COMMANDED BY ARTHUR DILLON(1750-1794). IN 1757 IT ADOPTED THE IRISH BRIGADE RED JACKETS WITH BLACK FACINGS. IT CONSISTED OF ABOUT 685 MEN (1777-1782). IT’S MOST FAMOUS BATTLE WAS AT SPRING HILL REDOUBT IN OCTOBER OF 1779 WHERE IT LOST HEAVILY. BEING DISSOLVED IN 1791 DURING THE FRENCH REVOLUTION, ITS COMMANDER GUILLOTINED IN 1794 BECAUSE THE UNIT REMAINED LOYAL TO THE KING. IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN CONNECTED TO THE FRENCH “IRISH BRIGADE” THROUGHOUT HISTORY. HORN SHOWS LONG USE AND WEAR, ESPECIALLY IN THE AREA WHERE THE PALM OF THE HAND AND THUMB WOULD HAVE GRASPED IT AND WAS MOST LIKELY AT THE SPRING HILL BATTLE. THE HORN WAS SHORTENED VERY SLIGHTLY (POSSIBLY DAMAGED). A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF SOLDIER DECORATION HORN WITH A VERY HISTORICAL IRISH CONNECTION WITH A VERY FAMOUS UNIT. SEEMS LIKE THE IRISH NEVER MISSED AN OPPORTUNITY TO FIGHT THE BRITISH WHEREVER THEY COULD. THE LEAD POWDER MEASURE HAS BEEN WITH IT FOREVER, PLUG IS A REPLACEMENT.