This is a lovely little priming horn with some significant history. The horn itself is a beautiful color with a wonderful patina. It's overall length is 7" with a 1 1/4" base . The base is engraved RRA 2B 692 which stands for the Royal Regiment of Artillery 2nd Battalion soldier # 692. The Royal Regiment of Artillery was first formed in 1716 . The title Royal Regiment of Artillery was first used in 1720. By 1757, the Regiment consisted of 24 companies which were divided into 2 Battalions. The 2nd Battalion under the command of Capt. Thomas Ord were the first detachment sent to America as reinforcement for the new conflict brewing in the Ohio Valley region. On July 8th , most of this detachment was cut to pieces on the Monongahela near Fort Duquesne. Gen. Braddock,20 officers and 200 men were killed. Capt Ord survived and his Company of Artillery would serve throught the War. They would also be involved in the Siege of Louisbourg. As the regiments numbers grew many of the war tested veterans of the 1st and 2nd Battalions were transferred to the newly formed 3rd and 4th Battalions . By 1771 the Royal Regiment of Artillery consisted of 32 Companys in 4 Battalions. In the Rev. War those men of the 2nd Battalion who were transferred to the 3rd or 4th Battalions would participate in the Battle of Bunker Hill, Siege of Boston, Battles of Long Island and White Plains, Capture of Ft. Washington and Ft. Lee, Battle of Brandywine, Siege of Charleston, Defeat of the American forces on Rhode Island, and Yorktown.
Artist Don Troiani " The Royal Regiment of Artillery '