A carte de viste featuring a black and white photograph of three children, two girls and a boy, gathered around a man in a chair. All are holding books. In the center, the boy stands wearing a dark colored jacket and pants. He holds a closed book in front of him using both hands, and looks to his proper left at the man seated in the chair. The man sits wearing a light colored jacket and pants. He is looking towards the open book he holds in his proper left hand. On the other side of the boy are two young girls, both seated, wearing light colored dresses with striped ribbon trim at the bottom of the wide hems. Under the picture is printed the title [LEARNING IS WEALTH / WILSON, CHARLEY, REBECCA & ROSA. / Slaves from New Orleans].
On the back is printed the copyright notice and a notice that the proceeds from the sale of the photograph will be devoted to "the education of Colored People in the department of the Gulf, now under the command of Major General Banks." A photographer's mark reading [CHAS. PAXSON, / PHOTOGRAPHER, / New York] is in the center.
A powder horn with scrimshaw decorations. The powder horn shaft is made from cow horn. On one side of the horn's base, there is an engraved illustration of a seated African American officer smoking a cigar inside a tent, guarded by a white soldier in a tattered uniform. The text underneath the image reads: [Negro officer / & / White Soldier]. On the reverse side of the powder horn is an engraving of an African American man dancing with a white woman. The African American man is wearing trousers but no shirt, and the woman is wearing a long-sleeved dress with her long hair pulled back into a bun. The text above the image reads: [New England Ladies / teaching Negroes]. These images are surrounded by decorative, architectural borders. Most engraved areas appear to have been colored with an iron-based substance, possibly iron gall ink, and the surface of the horn appears yellow, whether by age or artificial coloration. The circumference of the base has jagged edges, with some remaining peg holes through which pegs or nails would have been placed to secure the base, although none remain. A replacement circular wooden butt plug is glued into the base. The narrow end of the powder horn is carved, turned, and colored dark brown. Originally it would have been closed with a peg or stopper, now missing.