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Mount Vernon Hunting Horn

Hunting Horn at Mount Vernon

This late-eighteenth-century brass horn with a silver mouthpiece is from the collections at Mount Vernon. A horn such as this one would have been used during the autumn and winter fox hunts that George Washington enjoyed at his Fairfax County plantation. William "Billy" Lee and Frank Lee, enslaved brothers owned by Washington, managed the hounds during the hunts and used horns, which they played with one hand while riding, to direct the dogs. George Henry Rodenbostel of London made this horn, which is so finely crafted that the maker may have intended it to be used in an orchestra rather than on a hunting field.

Original Author: George Henry Rodenbostel

Created: ca. 1764–1789

Medium: Brass and silver hunting horn

Courtesy of Ladies of Mount Vernon, Bequest of James Alfred Pearce, 1921. Photography by Mark Finkenstaedt

Maker's Mark on Hunting Horn

George Henry Rodenbostel of London put his maker's mark on the exterior of the bell of this late-eighteenth-century horn. Used during autumn and winter foxhunts, this finely crafted brass-and-silver horn is in the collections at George Washington's Fairfax County plantation, Mount Vernon. Washington was an avid foxhunter.

Original Author: George Henry Rodenbostel

Created: ca. 1764–1789

Medium: Maker's mark on brass horn

Courtesy of Ladies of Mount Vernon, Bequest of James Alfred Pearce, 1921. Photography by Mark Finkenstaedt

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  • Hunting Horn at Mount Vernon

    This late-eighteenth-century brass horn with a silver mouthpiece is from the collections at Mount Vernon. A horn such as this one would have been used during the autumn and winter fox hunts that George Washington enjoyed at his Fairfax County plantation. William "Billy" Lee and Frank Lee, enslaved brothers owned by Washington, managed the hounds during the hunts and used horns, which they played with one hand while riding, to direct the dogs. George Henry Rodenbostel of London made this horn, which is so finely crafted that the maker may have intended it to be used in an orchestra rather than on a hunting field.

    Original Author: George Henry Rodenbostel

    Created: ca. 1764–1789

    Medium: Brass and silver hunting horn

    Courtesy of Ladies of Mount Vernon, Bequest of James Alfred Pearce, 1921. Photography by Mark Finkenstaedt

  • Maker's Mark on Hunting Horn

    George Henry Rodenbostel of London put his maker's mark on the exterior of the bell of this late-eighteenth-century horn. Used during autumn and winter foxhunts, this finely crafted brass-and-silver horn is in the collections at George Washington's Fairfax County plantation, Mount Vernon. Washington was an avid foxhunter.

    Original Author: George Henry Rodenbostel

    Created: ca. 1764–1789

    Medium: Maker's mark on brass horn

    Courtesy of Ladies of Mount Vernon, Bequest of James Alfred Pearce, 1921. Photography by Mark Finkenstaedt