AMERICAN POWDER HORN CIRCA 1790-1820

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A good size, very plain American powder horn of the late eighteenth or early nineteenth century. Powder horns were easily made from the horns of slaughtered cattle and offered hunters and woodsmen a lightweight, waterproof means of carrying powder. And, if they were thin enough to be translucent, the hunter could even check is powder level. This one is untouched and has an elegantly thin profile. Overall length approx. 13”. The base plug is slightly rounded and has an iron staple entering through the side of the horn, which in turn holds an iron ring for attachment of a cord or sling. An old cord is still in place, which loops up and around the faceted wood spout and is then spliced rather than knotted, indicating that we perhaps are looking at the original carrying cord, or at least a length of it.

The horn is very simple, with clean lines, no attempt at ornamentation, and mix of dark brown and underlying warm mustard colors. It would go well with a hunting pouch, flintlock rifle or early percussion longarm.  [sr]

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