A gunpowder horn that a descendant and two experts believe was owned by Alexander Hamilton goes up for auction next month.
The New Jersey dentist who acquired it from a patient in 1990 hopes the smash Broadway musical “Hamilton” will fuel interest in the object. The musical has helped boost the number of visitors to New York City’s Hamilton Grange National Memorial.
Dr. Warren Richman believes the engraved cow horn symbolizes the American dream embodied by Hamilton. He was born out of wedlock in the Caribbean and later orphaned, and went on to play key roles in the founding of the United States.
The powder horn auction will take place Jan. 11 at Sterling Associates in Closter, New Jersey. It would have been Hamilton’s birthday.