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mid 1800s American Powder Horn with original wrought iron hanging hooks
Antique powder horn with original hand wrought iron strap hooks from the mid 1800s or earlier. The large end plug and the finer measuring spout are no longer present (see all photos). The horn itself has a slight counter clockwise spiral twist and is about 12 1/2 inches long from outermost spout tip across to other end. Two hand formed iron hooks are attached and still as secure as the first day they were affixed more than 150 years ago. While each hook is constructed differently, both hooks are secured to the horn by hammering and splaying their ends or termini after the iron rod has passed through the wall of the horn (see photos). And it is the way in which these two iron hooks have been constructed that provides the age of this powder horn.
First, each iron hook is constructed from slightly different gauge (diameter) wrought iron rod and not from commercially produced stock. Second, the design of each hook is also different. The iron hook near the small spout end is circular in construction and its anchoring segment passes through both walls of the horn before been splayed and beaten to anchor and firmly secure the hook. The other iron hook that is located at the large open end is constructed like an iron staple and creates a rectangular slot for attaching a strap for wearing the powder horn. In this way, it is secured to the horn by two ends that penetrate only one wall of the horn before being splayed and peened over to secure the hook at this end of the horn.
These two iron hooks held the strap for wearing the powder horn. Currently, there is an old shoe lace tied to the iron hooks that is itself probably more than 50 years old. And at the larger end, there is a short section of a much older lanyard made of shrunken raw hide that is still attached to the rectangular iron hook.
The pouring spout end of the powder horn is stained dark from grim that has accumulated from usage more than 150 years ago. The rest of the exterior has yellowed and mellowed from age and the interior has darkened from the charcoal component of gun powder. There are no incised designs, lettering, dates or engravings on the exterior of the horn which is typical for most powder horns of the late 1700s or 1800s. The horn itself is in good condition with just a few minor flaws keeping it from being perfect. In all likelihood, this is an American powder horn particularly given the size of the horn and the use of iron hooks rather than brass. The horn displays well and looks great hanging along a wall or fireplace or even placed on a chest or side table. If any viewer knows more about this horn, kindly drop me a note - thanks. - Doc. And as always, this powder horn also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy for a refund (see full Return Policy details farther below).
SIZE & CONDITION: As noted above, this horn is about 12 1/2 inches long from outermost spout tip across to other end. The large open end measures 3 1/8 by 2 3/4 inches across. The pouring spout end has a diameter of about 3/4 inches. The horn when empty weighs a little over 1/2 lb. As noted above, this powder horn is in good condition with no major cracks, splits or breaks. The large open plug end has some loss of its outer end but it is minor. There are a half dozen small worm or beetle trails that affect the outer enamel but do not penetrate through the inner lining of the horn. A black pen points to the largest of these insect trails. The spout end also has a few insect trails, too (see all photos). What ever caused these trails has moved on and is no longer active. In the interim, the horn has been stored in an air tight ziplock bag for safe keeping with no evidence of any further damage. And so this is a large powder horn with its original hand beaten iron strap fittings in perfect shape that will display well and capture attention in most any setting. Of course, if the buyer is not 100% satisfied, then she/he may return this antique horn for a refund (see our refund policy noted below).
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