Original Early 19th Century U.S. Large Powder Horn with Carved Ships & U.S. Flag - Possibly for Cannon Priming
Original Item: One of a Kind. Just purchased at a large military show in the Eastern United States, this is a large Cow Horn Powder Flask, measuring 15 inches in overall length. While possibly intended for a musket or other small arms, this size would almost always be used for cannon priming. The end of the horn is fitted with a rounded wooden bottom plug, which has a small brass loop on it now, but most likely originally had a much larger loop for attachment to a shoulder strap. The spout has a very thin leather strap with a small brass loop on it, but we doubt it is from from the original service period, and more likely added later to help display it. There is a horn plug in the very end of the spout, which can be difficult to remove.
The side of the horn shows a large scrimshaw style carved sailing ship, with another smaller ship on the background. Definitely a nautical scene on what is most likely a powder priming horn used on a ship. Around the base of the horn is another scene, showing a ship with a U.S. Flag on it, next to what looks like a small naval fort, which is also flying a small U.S. Flag. Definitely some great nautical decoration!
A charming and fresh to the Collecting Market very old Cow horn powder horn, ready to display!
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