18th Century 'Flat' Priming Horn from a 50+ Year Old Collection


This is a small 18th century priming horn that was soaked in hot water and then flattened to the shape you see in the pictures. Flattening a cow horn is not easy and can be accomplished using boiling water on a scraped down horn or - believe it or not - using hot oil to flatten the horn. The oil method is said to work better and faster but you have to be careful not to leave the horn in the oil too long or you can fry your horn. It has its original wood top with the original attachment nail and has been scraped down to allow for the decorative rings at the pouring - or smaller end - of the horn. These little priming horns held fine gunpowder that was used to 'prime' your pistol or musket. It is 7" long.

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