Horn or Holder?

In 1979, David and Kay Jensen brought this powder horn to the museum. The horn is cut to expose the hollow inside and caps secured at both ends. The caps are hand carved and the smaller end features a spout for pouring. People used powder horns to store, or funnel, gunpowder for flintlock firearms until the mid-1800’s when percussion-cap firearms and metal cartridges became standard. The natural shape and hollow inside of bison, cattle, or ox horns made them convenient and waterproof containers when fitted with tight wooden plugs. Considering the construction and condition of the horn, it is believed to date back to the early 1800’s. This unique piece measures 9.25″ long and about 3.5″ in diameter. #AgMuseum #Heards&Horns #GunPowder