18th Century Powder Horn
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  • Very Nice Powder Horn, Circa. late 18th century | With carved spout, wood end cap and stopper | Measures 10″ in length | Very good condition with beautiful age appropriate patina.
    A powder horn was a container for gunpowder, and was generally created from cow, ox or buffalo horn. Typically there was a stopper at both ends.  The wide mouth was used for refilling the gunpowder and the narrow point was used to dispense the powder.  In some cases the point was closed and the mouth used for both, with a powder measure, a type of scoop used to dispense the powder, and in others both ends were open and the horn merely used as a funnel. The horn was typically held by a long strap and slung over the shoulder. The inside and outside of a powder horn were often polished to make the horn translucent so that the soldier would be able to see how much powder he had left.

    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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  • Weight

    1lb.

    Height

    10"

    Width

    2.5"

    Depth

    2.5"

    Weight

    1lb.

    Height

    10"

    Width

    2.5"

    Depth

    2.5"

    Date

    18th Century

    Kind

    Collectibles, Ephemera, Equipment, Memorabilia, Militaria, Weapons

    Medium

    Animal Horn, Tusk or Antler

    Origin

    American

    Other

    Carving

    Subject

    American Revolutionary War, Americana, Battle Scene, Colonial America, Hunting, Military, War, Weapon