This powder horn has a wonderful aged patina. The engraving is right for the period with many aged cracks running through the engraving. In picture "9" I tried to capture what is written at the bottom part of the horn but there too much scaling covering it. Wm. Lyon was a surveyor by trade and he and his uncle Col. John Armstrong laid out the town of Carlisle,Pa. in 1751. At that time Carlisle was on the edge of the wilderness. At the outbreak of the F & I War (1757) he enlisted with the rank of Ensign in the 2nd Battalion Penn.Regt. This is what's engraved on the horn so we know he had it with him when he went to War. He transfered to his uncle's unit the 1st Battalion Penn.Regt. and was appt. Captain.
They joined Forbe's Campaign who's goal was to take back Ft. Duquesne from the French. They met up with the Southern troops led by Col.George Washington at Bedford,Pa. I have a large file of paperwork documented this Bloody Campaign that will go with the Powder Horn. As an after note Wm Lyon married his 2nd cousin Alice Armstrong ,Col.John Armstrongs daughter in 1756. Which made Col Armstrong not only his uncle but also his father-in-law.