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Jim Bridger powder horn
« on: August 23, 2020, 06:48:03 AM »
For those who haven't seen it before, here is a powder horn attributed to Jim Bridger located at the Fort Bridger museum.


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Re: Jim Bridger powder horn
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2020, 09:26:58 AM »
The tip seems a mite odd?

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Re: Jim Bridger powder horn
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2020, 12:21:45 PM »
Looks like a hunting horn to me.
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Re: Jim Bridger powder horn
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2020, 04:55:29 PM »
It looks like the plug may have served a double duty as a powder measure also.  James Levy
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Re: Jim Bridger powder horn
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2020, 05:01:39 PM »
Those eyelets screwed in it would be very unusual for a powder horn of Bridgerís period.
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Re: Jim Bridger powder horn
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2020, 06:55:02 PM »
Thanks for posting this and I don't want to demean it in any way but. Who knows what this horn looked like the last time Bridger had in his hands which may have only be momentary near the end of his life. My guess on the eyelets is that they were added much later to enable hanging it in a display. The powder measure tip is suspect too but would be interesting to see how many grains it holds. Sometimes museums will allow that to be checked with a substitute like corn meal or coarse ground black pepper.
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Re: Jim Bridger powder horn
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2020, 08:34:36 PM »
 I thought that the eyelets seemed unusual for a horn of that period also. Inspection for obvious previous attachment points were limited because of the glass display case. The base was intact and showed no signs of previous staples or screws that I could see. I would imagine it was probably used momentarily later in his life. I think the tip also being the powder measure is a nifty idea. I plan on using that idea on some of my horns.  In my younger days, I remember another horn also attributed to Jim Bridger being on display there. It was much larger and the powder measure was said to throw 70 grains.
Those details stick out in my mind because the horn was much larger than I had seen anybody carry. I also imagined a much larger powder charge for some reason. Unfortunately none of the current employees present yesterday have been there long enough to remember it being on display.

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Re: Jim Bridger powder horn
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2020, 11:50:50 PM »
Shameful that they put that in a museum as related to Bridget. The curator should quit
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Re: Jim Bridger powder horn
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2020, 11:52:34 PM »
Thatís not a charger. Itís a blowing horn.
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Re: Jim Bridger powder horn
« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2020, 01:59:02 AM »
Probably what Ol' Jim called in the dawgs with in his later years...

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Re: Jim Bridger powder horn
« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2020, 05:13:06 AM »
I'm interested in how you blow a horn with a base plug in it.  Levy
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Re: Jim Bridger powder horn
« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2020, 04:34:40 PM »
I'm interested in how you blow a horn with a base plug in it.  Levy

You got to have healthy lungs!lol

Seriously, the plug/measure does look like the tip of some older blowing horns.

My first powder horn was my Dads old hunting horn that I made a crude wooden base plug for. 

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Re: Jim Bridger powder horn
« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2020, 02:43:55 PM »
I'm interested in how you blow a horn with a base plug in it.  Levy
   Iíll rephrase that. It started out as a blowing horn and someone plugged it to use as a powder horn long after Bridger was in the ground.  Iíve seen many of those here in PA
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Re: Jim Bridger powder horn
« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2020, 05:40:10 AM »
No gaudy embellishments. Nice, user Horn.