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Offline AZshot

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Plain horn with no defined spout
« on: June 07, 2022, 05:56:46 AM »
I got this at an antique shop last week on a vacation trip to the Rockies.  I don't know horns, but it's flat base plug I think it New England?  No sign it every had a strap loop on it. 
It has an unusual repair in the side that is plugged with pewter or lead, it's non-magnetic.  The nails are square. 
Does the spout look complete?  Or was there a piece on it, now lost?






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Re: Plain horn with no defined spout
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2022, 01:03:58 PM »
Looks complete and made for the coat pocket despite the medium size. No provision for straps.
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Re: Plain horn with no defined spout
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2022, 04:12:19 PM »
 I think Rich has it right. The Lead patch is really neat, you see them once in awhile but not often.

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Re: Plain horn with no defined spout
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2022, 04:39:32 PM »
Thanks guys, I figured it was lead or pewter when I bought it.  Put a magnet on it when I got home.  I'll have to look for a spout plug to make it look more complete. I've found I like carrying a small horn in my bag or pocket too. 

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Re: Plain horn with no defined spout
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2022, 12:21:21 AM »
Rich beat me to it but I agree completely.
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Re: Plain horn with no defined spout
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2022, 12:53:59 AM »
Pretty cool. I didn't know horns were sometimes carried in a coat pocket. These antiques make great history lessons.

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Re: Plain horn with no defined spout
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2022, 09:24:06 AM »
They were carried in some tool boxes well into the 20th century too. Black powder was used to split and blast stumps when clearing fence rows here in the mid west. An old friend told me how he borrowed the powder horn used for that from his fathers tool box to load the civil war muskets he and the boys in the neighborhood had recused from trash bins in the alley. They shot cracked corn at each other in mock battles back in the early 1920s. 

There are some youtube videos of antique commercially made stump and log splitters in use. They are like an iron can filled with black powder you drive into the log. You set it off to split the stump.

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Re: Plain horn with no defined spout
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2022, 04:20:09 AM »
I have an old horn that is similar but much larger.  it does have a simple carved spout but the detail that struck me was the base plug.  Mine is almost identical in terms of flat style, wood grain and two initials.  Initials are different but very similar in style.  Fun stuff.