Antique Powder Horn Complete with End Cap & Stopper – 18th Century
Outstanding Powder Horn from late 18th century | Horn has well carved octagon spout with groove fitted with brass strap ring, a very nice fitted leather end cap, and a carved wood stopper | Measures 10.5″ in length | Very good condition with beautiful age appropriate patina.
Some types of guns required two different forms of gunpowder (such as a flintlock with finer priming powder for the pan, and different powder for the main charge), necessitating two containers, a main horn and a smaller “priming horn”. Powder horns were also used for the priming of large naval guns, and in blasting operations; apparently sometimes the horn shape was merely a convenient form of funnel in such cases, and was open at both ends and not used as a container.
The use of animal horn along with nonferrous metal parts ensured that the powder would not be detonated by sparks during storage and loading. Horn was also naturally waterproof and already hollow inside. In America, a number of period horns dating from the French and Indian wars throughout the American Revolution and beyond, have been preserved in private and other collections. (Wikipedia)
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