Stolen Powder Horn Returned to Deerfield Museum

An intricately-carved antique powder horn that was stolen from Deerfield’s Memorial Hall Museum 65 years ago has found its way home.

The horn was found in the 1950s by James Richardson when he was a child, rummaging through a landfill in Longmeadow.

Richardson held on to the artifact for years, but says he only discovered the horn actually belonged to the Deerfield museum when he had it appraised for sale. As a former curator of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, he says he felt a moral obligation to return the powder horn to its rightful owner.

“It was nice to find something that was missing and be able to return it,” Richardson said. “I hope that in the future maybe somebody would donate something back to Carnegie Museum that has somehow left their possession.”

The curator of the Deerfield Memorial Hall Museum says the powder horn originally belonged to Jonathan Smead, a Greenfield resident and militiaman who had the artwork etched into it on July 2nd, 1760. The horn was placed back on display last week, exactly 254 years after it was made.

You can find a longer version of this story in the Greenfield Recorder.