Long-missing artifact returned to Deerfield museum

Powder horn was found by Longmeadow resident in 1950s, had no idea it was stolen

DEERFIELD, Mass. (AP) — An intricately carved Colonial-era powder horn has been returned to a western Massachusetts museum 65 years after it was stolen.

The 1760 horn, originally owned by Greenfield resident Jonathan Smead, went missing from the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association’s Memorial Hall Museum in Deerfield in 1949.

It was actually found in the 1950s by Longmeadow resident James Richardson, who as a child, loved to scour through the town dump for unusual items.

The Recorder reports that when he found it, he had no idea it was stolen. Richardson, now 77, kept it for decades until he took it to be appraised recently and found out about its rightful owner.

The etchings on the horn include Smead’s name, the date he commissioned the carvings, and images of deer, mermaids, ships and fish.

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