Colonial Powder Horn

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted: 12/15/2010

During the colonial period, cattle horns were used by woodsmen and by soldiers for storing gunpowder in a safe, dry place. The horns also became decorative objects as they were personalized by the owner. Makers carved names, initials, dates, flags, battles, and even full maps on the exterior of the horns.

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