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Powder Horn
National Museum of American History, Behring Center

Powder Horn

Catalog #: 69151M    Accession #: 262277
Credit: Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 16" H x 4" W x 9" D

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.


Country: United States
State: New York
Era: Revolution and the New Nation (1754-1820s)
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