Powder Horn

Powder Horn

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Description
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
horn
Other Terms
Horn; horn, powder; Accoutrements
Place Made
United States: New York
Associated Place
United States: New York
Physical Description
animal horn (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 16 in x 4 in x 9 in; 40.64 cm x 10.16 cm x 22.86 cm
ID Number
AF.69151M
catalog number
69151M
accession number
262277
Credit Line
Lewis J. Allen
subject
Hunting
Revolution and the New Nation
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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