Powder horn

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Powder horn

This powder horn was probably made in the north-east of Scotland. It dates from 1669.

This side of the horn is ornamented with interlaced work.

Powder horns were fashioned from cow's horns softened in boiling oil and flattened before being carved. They were plugged at the wider end, and the stopper at the narrow end was often used to measure the correct quantity of gunpowder.

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Online ID: 000-100-000-836-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.LK 16
Date: 1669
Material: Inscription: D.M. 1669
Dimensions: 295 mm L x 110 W x 28 D
What: Powderhorn
Subject: Powder-horns (NMAS Classification)
Description: Powder-horn ornamented with circles of interlaced work and geometrical patterns, with the initials D.M., 1669
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