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Keep your powder dry:

Powder horns were made from cattle horns, and were most commonly used with eighteenth century muskets. The use of nonferrous metal parts and naturally hollow animal horns ensured that the powder would not be detonated by sparks during storage and loading.

Even though they¬†were rendered obsolete by the development of breech-loading fire arms, these powder horns went back into production briefly during Victorian times as a fashionable accessory to ‘traditional’ Highland dress.

The Powder Horn pictured here has the incised date 1698. Click on the image to see the detailed carving.