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Powder Horn

Powder Horn

Catalog #: 43463    Accession #: 164794
Credit: Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 5" H x 15" W x 4" D

Physical Description

Engraved steer horn.

Specific History

This powder horn is inscribed “Robart Holmes, Ft. Edward 1758,” and was used during the French and Indian War.

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
War: Seven Years War
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