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My first powder horn.

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I am a newbie with muzzle loaders and starting from scratch, slowly acquiring things I need. . I decided to make a powder horn after receiving a Chinese one as a Christmas gift that was a failure.
Got these from our pasture from a cow that died and decided what the heck.
In their natural state as found they were very rough looking. Most likely not the best quality. I am not “so into” the period thing (yet) and just wanted a horn that would that hold powder. This is what I came up with. Used our native mesquite for the end cap and peg. I threaded the plug on the end cap so refilling it would be bit easier.
I know it’s probably not correct to any period and doesn’t have any fancy engraving and carvings but it’s my first and should work for me in my BP journey.
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I am not as "picky" as some. I think almost any horn would fit any time period.Horns were made by individuals who didn't much care about fashion. They wanted a workable and functional horn and they used the same raw products as we do today to make one.Oh, nice job.
But you gotta love that "native mesquite".
 
I am a newbie with muzzle loaders and starting from scratch, slowly acquiring things I need. . I decided to make a powder horn after receiving a Chinese one as a Christmas gift that was a failure.
Got these from our pasture from a cow that died and decided what the heck.
In their natural state as found they were very rough looking. Most likely not the best quality. I am not “so into” the period thing (yet) and just wanted a horn that would that hold powder. This is what I came up with. Used our native mesquite for the end cap and peg. I threaded the plug on the end cap so refilling it would be bit easier.
I know it’s probably not correct to any period and doesn’t have any fancy engraving and carvings but it’s my first and should work for me in my BP journey.View attachment 312680
You did a very nice job!! :thumb:
Larry
 
Both of my horns have that "speckled" look. But it's really just JB Weld in the holes that the little carpet beetles ate into the horns. I made the mistake of storing them empty. Bugs don't seem to bother them if you leave a little gunpowder in them. I guess it's the Sulphur.
 
I am a newbie with muzzle loaders and starting from scratch, slowly acquiring things I need. . I decided to make a powder horn after receiving a Chinese one as a Christmas gift that was a failure.
Got these from our pasture from a cow that died and decided what the heck.
In their natural state as found they were very rough looking. Most likely not the best quality. I am not “so into” the period thing (yet) and just wanted a horn that would that hold powder. This is what I came up with. Used our native mesquite for the end cap and peg. I threaded the plug on the end cap so refilling it would be bit easier.
I know it’s probably not correct to any period and doesn’t have any fancy engraving and carvings but it’s my first and should work for me in my BP journey.View attachment 312678View attachment 312679View attachment 312680

Very very nice, good job
 
I am a newbie with muzzle loaders and starting from scratch, slowly acquiring things I need. . I decided to make a powder horn after receiving a Chinese one as a Christmas gift that was a failure.
Got these from our pasture from a cow that died and decided what the heck.
In their natural state as found they were very rough looking. Most likely not the best quality. I am not “so into” the period thing (yet) and just wanted a horn that would that hold powder. This is what I came up with. Used our native mesquite for the end cap and peg. I threaded the plug on the end cap so refilling it would be bit easier.
I know it’s probably not correct to any period and doesn’t have any fancy engraving and carvings but it’s my first and should work for me in my BP journey.View attachment 312678View attachment 312679View attachment 312680
You did a great job, especially since it's your first powderhorn.
Some horns did have threaded knobs in the butt cap . Usually you see that with larger ones associated with cannons.
I am a newbie with muzzle loaders and starting from scratch, slowly acquiring things I need. . I decided to make a powder horn after receiving a Chinese one as a Christmas gift that was a failure.
Got these from our pasture from a cow that died and decided what the heck.
In their natural state as found they were very rough looking. Most likely not the best quality. I am not “so into” the period thing (yet) and just wanted a horn that would that hold powder. This is what I came up with. Used our native mesquite for the end cap and peg. I threaded the plug on the end cap so refilling it would be bit easier.
I know it’s probably not correct to any period and doesn’t have any fancy engraving and carvings but it’s my first and should work for me in my BP journey.View attachment 312678View attachment 312679View attachment 312680
 
I see horns that are ultra elaborate and many that are plain Jane type. Some of the fancy one will never see the woods and are artworks. Nothing wrong with that.
I’ve seen examples of originals (antiques) from two hundred years + -, most are working horns owned by working people that had no need for fancy just function.
You can take a plain horn and add a little embellishments to make it your own. Experiment and have fun
 
I am a newbie with muzzle loaders and starting from scratch, slowly acquiring things I need. . I decided to make a powder horn after receiving a Chinese one as a Christmas gift that was a failure.
Got these from our pasture from a cow that died and decided what the heck.
In their natural state as found they were very rough looking. Most likely not the best quality. I am not “so into” the period thing (yet) and just wanted a horn that would that hold powder. This is what I came up with. Used our native mesquite for the end cap and peg. I threaded the plug on the end cap so refilling it would be bit easier.
I know it’s probably not correct to any period and doesn’t have any fancy engraving and carvings but it’s my first and should work for me in my BP journey.View attachment 312678View attachment 312679View attachment 312680
Fine Job!
 
I am a newbie with muzzle loaders and starting from scratch, slowly acquiring things I need. . I decided to make a powder horn after receiving a Chinese one as a Christmas gift that was a failure.
Got these from our pasture from a cow that died and decided what the heck.
In their natural state as found they were very rough looking. Most likely not the best quality. I am not “so into” the period thing (yet) and just wanted a horn that would that hold powder. This is what I came up with. Used our native mesquite for the end cap and peg. I threaded the plug on the end cap so refilling it would be bit easier.
I know it’s probably not correct to any period and doesn’t have any fancy engraving and carvings but it’s my first and should work for me in my BP journey.View attachment 312678View attachment 312679View attachment 312680
Turned out beautiful.
Great job.
 

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