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Offline WGKilgore

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Gourd Powder Horn
« on: May 03, 2022, 09:10:32 PM »
I have been handed down a gourd containing active black gunpowder. It is about 13 inches tall and has wadded-up paper as a stopper. The original owner was from south Louisiana and at least 4 generations preceding me.
It is my hope that someone will provide me with some information about this object and if it is unique enough to be of any value.



Thanks in advance for any assistance you can offer.

Kind Regards,
William Kilgore



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Re: Gourd Powder Horn
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2022, 11:54:33 PM »
 Pictures would be Great.

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Re: Gourd Powder Horn
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2022, 07:50:44 PM »
William- first of all, Welcome to the Forum.
As noted by Tim, pictures are pretty much necessary.
BTW - what is this "active" black gunpowder doing? ???
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Re: Gourd Powder Horn
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2022, 10:12:07 PM »
William, where in southeast Louisiana did this powder gourd come from?
Iím from that part of the state and items like that fascinate me .
Photos please.

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Re: Gourd Powder Horn
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2022, 12:23:02 AM »
Gourds are said to have been used as powder containers including horn/flasks. I have seen only one and it was a very small 'priming' flask which was no more than three inches high. These were used more extensively in other countries, I understand. Do show it to us as soon as you can get to it. Be a pleasure to see it.
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Re: Gourd Powder Horn
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2022, 05:20:47 PM »
I have seen 2 original bottle powder gourds, one with powder still in it. They are pocket size. About 2-5/8Ē wide x 3Ē tall. They were found under a house in Columbus Miss. I was privileged to be given one by the owner. Mine has a dark paint slash mark on it. The other with stopper and powder intact was dated 1844.

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Re: Gourd Powder Horn
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2022, 06:01:52 PM »
The well known ďStephen Crain ď rifle was found with a small gourd for priming powder.

Bob
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Re: Gourd Powder Horn
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2022, 07:14:56 PM »
I have one just like that. I use it to keep bird shot in.  It's not an antique, but one that my Mom grew on the fence.  James Levy 
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Re: Re: Gourd Powder Horn
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2022, 07:36:08 AM »

A photo of my gourd:


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Re: Gourd Powder Horn
« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2022, 07:41:53 PM »
 Gourds are not strong enough for shot unless they are small, and hold only a few shots. I stored my shot in a large dipper gourd when the sack rotted, and found it was pretty easy to break, and a mess to clean up.
 They are also pretty noisy if you donít cover the outside cloth, or leather.

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Re: Gourd Powder Horn
« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2022, 08:53:29 PM »
 I moved the question on where to get Gourds and the replies to:

    https://americanlongrifles.org/forum/index.php?topic=71715.0

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Re: Gourd Powder Horn
« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2022, 04:54:50 PM »
Hi Tim. The OP posted a picture of his antique powder gourd but it got moved to the post you separated out. Could it be moved back to this one? Thanks
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Re: Gourd Powder Horn
« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2022, 05:45:27 PM »
Hi Tim. The OP posted a picture of his antique powder gourd but it got moved to the post you separated out. Could it be moved back to this one? Thanks

 Missed that one, is that it above?

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Re: Gourd Powder Horn
« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2022, 07:10:32 AM »
Yes Tim. Now I am confused. Did I miss it above or did you restore it. It is certainly possible I lost my mind and missed it. At any rate, the photo is there. My apologies if it was there all along. Thanks Tim
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Re: Gourd Powder Horn
« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2022, 03:30:21 PM »
Yes Tim. Now I am confused. Did I miss it above or did you restore it. It is certainly possible I lost my mind and missed it. At any rate, the photo is there. My apologies if it was there all along. Thanks Tim

 No your mind is in good shape but I have to question mine. I moved it back from the other thread.

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Re: Gourd Powder Horn
« Reply #15 on: May 23, 2022, 05:13:19 AM »
Thanks Man. We are both now sane again  ;D
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Re: Gourd Powder Horn
« Reply #16 on: May 25, 2022, 01:56:08 AM »
Those are some happeniní gourds, gang!