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Scrimshaw Powder Horn with American Eagle

Powder Horn with American Eagle 


19th century 

3" x 4 1/4" 


A Patriotic Homage from the 1800s: Powder Horn featuring American Eagle, Shield, and Arrow Scrimshaw


Although commonly known as horn canteens, these small vessels were initially created to store liquids, as outlined in Madison Grant's book, Powder Horns and Their Architecture. This particular piece, however, with its wooden side spout, was more likely used for powder. It's fascinating to see how the function of this artifact has changed over time. While it may no longer serve a practical purpose, it has transformed into a magnificent and patriotic object that serves as a poignant reminder of our nation's history and the courageous individuals who fought for our liberty.

Scrimshaw Powder Horn with American Eagle

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