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Antique Powder Horn - AP02

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Antique early 1800's powder horn with handcarving.
Antique early 1800's powder horn with handcarving.Antique hand carved gun powder horn, finely detailed in excellent conditionAntique early 1800's gun powder horn with hand carving.
Price: SOLD
Item Number: AP02

Price: $400.00

Early 1800’s antique powder horn is in excellent condition.  Hand carved on a real horn in fine detail is a woman standing in silhouette in front of a flowering vine and on the opposite side is a rooster.  Coloring on the carvings is from the natural color of the horn with the tip end being much darker than the other end.  Wide end has a hand hammered cap with metal folds and small flat head nails decoratively put around the edges.  Tip end has a series of bands in different designs as an accent as the horn tapers down.

Length: 13 inches
Diameter - Top: 12 inches

Powder horns were used as a container for gunpowder, and were usually made from cow or buffalo horns. There were three common types of powder horns: Funnel, Powder Flask and Powder Measure Styles.

The most commonly used style was the Powder Flask Style which has a stopper at either end.  The wide end was used for refilling, the narrow horn tip end for pouring it out for re-loading.  In the Powder Flask Style the point was closed and the wide end (mouth) was used for both by using a scoop designed to dispense the powder. This was the most accurate method of re-loading without wasting any gunpowder.  The Funnel Style had both ends open and was used to funnel the powder in from a pouch or keg like container.  Many powder horns had rawhide thongs or hand braided ropes tied onto them so they could be slung over the wearer's back, shoulder or on the horn of a saddle to accessible for re-loading.  Carving a powder horn was an excellent way to pass the time in the evening when relaxing by the campfire or in the bunkhouse on a cold winter evening after a hard days work. 

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