Original British Early 18th Century Gun Powder Horn marked to the 76th Regiment of Foot circa 1787-1820
Original Item: One of a Kind. Made from a old Cow horn, the wood bottom plug is marked with a branded in E/16, for Company or Battery "E", 16th Man. It would have been suspended from what looks like an old brass ring mounted on the horn and then tied around the bulge at the horns opening for use as a shoulder strap. Shoulder strap and nozzle plug are unfortunately absent.
The numerals 76 in an oval surrounded by laurel leaf sprays indicate it was used by the 76th (Hindoostan) Regiment, which was later merged into the Duke of Wellington's Regiment.
History of the 76th Regiment
Raised in 1787 by General Sir Thomas Musgrave, the Regiment was first posted to India. It was recalled at the outbreak of the Napoleonic Wars and saw extensive service under General Arthur Wellesley, later known as the Duke of Wellington, until 1812. At that time the regiment was shipped to North America to take part in the WAR OF 1812 and saw action at the BATTLE OF PLATTSBURG in September 1814.
Measuring over 15" from nose to base this may well have been used for Cannon Priming Powder. Most attractive with worn finish and now without stopper.
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