Powder Horn

Physical Description
Cattle horn etched with map of New York.
General History
During the colonial period, cattle horns were used by woodsmen and by soldiers for storing gunpowder in a safe, dry place. The horns also became decorative objects as they were personalized by the owner. Makers carved names, initials, dates, flags, battles, and even full maps on the exterior of the horns.
Currently not on view
Object Name
horn, powder
Object Type
Physical Description
animal horn (overall material)
overall: 16 in x 4 in x 9 in; 40.64 cm x 10.16 cm x 22.86 cm
Place Made
United States: New York
Associated Place
United States: New York
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Revolution and the New Nation
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Additional Media

Visitor Comments

8/8/2013 3:16:43 PM
Bruce J. Larson
I would be very interested in getting any information on the collectoion of this item and when it was accessioned into the Smithsonian. Also, is it possible to obtain photographs?
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