Powder Horn

Powder Horn

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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.
Object Name
horn, powder
Object Type
Other Terms
Horn; horn, powder; Accoutrements
Place Made
United States: New York
Associated Place
United States: New York
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
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Lewis J. Allen
Revolution and the New Nation
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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