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Powder horns and measures
« on: June 25, 2022, 09:37:33 PM »
I thought I’d share photos of two horns and 2 measures that have been in my family for at least 6, maybe seven generations and will be going to my son when he is ready. They have been in a plexiglass showcase since WWII. The showcase is made from plexiglass salvaged from a plane wreck.
 











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Re: Powder horns and measures
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2022, 09:58:09 PM »
WONDERFUL!!! Antique measurers are hard to come by and you've got two passed down through the family. Wow !  Thanks for showing the set here.  I confess I don't know what the cockelbur is for and I probably should.  Jim
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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2022, 11:24:37 PM »
  I confess I don't know what the cockelbur is for and I probably should.  Jim

That is a dried thistle flower rather than a cocklebur. Given the thistle's strong Scottish symbolism I'd guess there is a family connection there. Sequatchie?

Nice family collection by the way.
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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2022, 11:26:27 PM »
That is a great thing to have in the family!  The case and salvaged plexi are worth a story in and of itself.  Many thanks for sharing.
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Re: Powder horns and measures
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2022, 12:52:48 AM »
 Pretty neat, what us the strap retainer on the neck of the large horn made from?

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« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2022, 01:16:24 AM »

  I confess I don't know what the cockelbur is for and I probably should.  Jim
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That is a dried thistle flower rather than a cocklebur. Given the thistle's strong Scottish symbolism I'd guess there is a family connection there.
I should have caught that.

So much for my Scottish  heritage . I hope I don't lose my membership in the scotch drinkers club. 
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Re: Powder horns and measures
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2022, 03:42:34 AM »
Nice ancestral display, Bill! You are very fortunate to have those items. Any idea where the rifles went? I know where one went out of my family; to the local dump. The women in my mothers's family were 'non gun folk' and dictated that there would be no guns around. So... Thank you for letting us have a look at your treasures. I did get some really fine Indian relics though. At least my grandmothers were not against those.
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Re: Powder horns and measures
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2022, 06:14:16 AM »
Thanks for the kind comments. Dick, it pains me to here of such a travesty. The thistle has been with them as far back as anyone can remember. There is a thistle on our family crest and my family came from the Scottish Highlands arriving before the Revolution. The straps are leather.
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Re: Powder horns and measures
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2022, 06:31:12 AM »
You have a great heritage; there is much there to be proud of. Just an aside, the olde thistle has pretty well kept some color. It is from the Highlands, by any chance?
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« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2022, 02:22:02 PM »
Could the dried thistle be used for cleaning instead of tow, or for wadding? Cool measures and horn.
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« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2022, 06:05:58 PM »
It is really great that these family items have stayed together over the years.  Thanks for sharing the images of them.

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« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2022, 06:55:55 PM »
Really neat display and to know the history behind them.  Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Powder horns and measures
« Reply #12 on: June 28, 2022, 04:34:11 AM »
Thanks for all the comment. The thistle was placed there by my grandfather as a reminder of our Scottish ancestry.
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Re: Powder horns and measures
« Reply #13 on: July 04, 2022, 10:55:27 PM »
Beautiful display. Fascinating to think about the stories those things could tell. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Powder horns and measures
« Reply #14 on: July 15, 2022, 12:51:11 AM »
What a treasure! Imagine the stories it could tell if it only could!? Very nice and thanks for sharing these great pics!