SOURCE: DuMouchelle Art Galleries

September 13, 2008 10:45 ET

Revolutionary War Relic of Historical Import Goes to Auction in Detroit at DuMouchelle Art Galleries

DETROIT, MI--(Marketwire - September 13, 2008) - It is said that we live in interesting -- perhaps even historical -- times. Without a doubt, so too did Ephraim Fairbanks -- and he left behind an amazing documentation reflecting the vigor and determination of a nation at its birth. The relic, a powder horn, found amongst the items set for the auction block in Detroit today, has been discovered to be an important piece of Americana according to several historical museums.

Actually, two Ephraim Fairbanks (a father and son), have been established on record during that period -- both of whom hailed from Bolton, Massachusetts and have been documented as "Patriots" by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Ephraim, Jr. came from a prominent family and was a sergeant during the war. His father Ephraim, Sr. was an overseer of the poor, a surveyor, and a drummer in Captain Seaman's Company in the conquest of Canada. After King George III ordered a suppression of the rebellious Americans and a seizure of the colonists' military stores, Ephraim, Sr. was one of 127 men from his community who responded to the ring of church bells on April 19, 1775, the famous "Lexington Alarm." A battle ensued between British and American soldiers in the Massachusetts towns of Lexington and Concord and it would be the start of the war for independence.

The powder horn, a device used to carry gunpowder for 18th century muskets, had been recently owned by the late James O. Keene, whose collection of important Americana was auctioned off by Sotheby's in 1997. Dated 1780 (although the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, the war would not end until 1783) and inscribed "Ephraim Fairbank His Horn," the piece is crowded with many inscriptions referencing the Revolution: "Union Forever," "The Fall of British Tyranny," "Washington a Scourge to Tyranny," "Confederation," "Wilks and all True Patriots." Also found on the piece are engraved pictures depicting military encampment tents and a man in colonial attire raising his glass in toast.

The powder horn is set for auction today at DuMouchelle Art Galleries in Detroit, Michigan. For information, call (313) 963-6255 or visit

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