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Accession # SRM1979-85.11

Powder horn

19th century


Once a horn has been removed from an animal, the inner portion, formed from living bone, can be separated from the outer sheath of horn. This outer layer can then be used as a durable, water proof container. This horn was used to hold gunpowder. The tip of the horn has been cut off to assist in the addition of powder to the gun.




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