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Sailor Powder Horns
« on: October 17, 2023, 12:42:53 AM »
I have acquired some powder horns that I believe are horns that were owned by sailors. These horns are a different color from most of the American powder horns I have seen. They all have different types of animals and sea life and different types of fish and sailing vessels. I am posting pictures of one these horns in hopes that someone with knowledge of sailing horns can help me try to determine their possible origin.























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Re: Sailor Powder Horns
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2023, 11:29:28 AM »
Cool old horn. Thanks for posting
Nothing beats the feel of a handmade southern iron mounted flintlock on a cold frosty morning

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Re: Sailor Powder Horns
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2023, 04:18:00 AM »
Nice horn.  Hard to see the detail in the pictures due to reflection.  It looks to have some masonic symbols and possibly a ketch under sail on it.  Both items were common on horns in the New England area and ports south (Boston, New York, etc).

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Re: Sailor Powder Horns
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2023, 02:53:37 AM »
I don't see anything Masonic.

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Re: Sailor Powder Horns
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2023, 03:25:54 AM »
My first thought was New England  when I read the title " Sailor powder  horn ". This has what appears  to me as an alligator suggesting maybe a southern origin.  With that 1855 date Perhaps a schooner in the gulf somewhere shipping cotton.
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Re: Sailor Powder Horns
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2023, 05:36:47 PM »
Thatís a great looking horn, lots of character.

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Re: Sailor Powder Horns
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2023, 04:08:45 AM »
What I find amazing is the number of items that are still out there.

I have access to two private collections in the Ozarks.  I was not allowed to take any pictures of any sort!  Even though I advised two grandchildren while the kids went through college.  One family, my family was with at Point Pleasant.  Nothing has ever been published by them.  Amazing collections. 

In a way sad, but I totally, totally understand why.

Nice horn!

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Re: Sailor Powder Horns
« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2023, 04:46:19 AM »
Regarding masonic symbols featured on engraved powder horns, they were fairly common.  One for example is the heart featured on this horn.

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Re: Sailor Powder Horns
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2023, 05:32:00 AM »
The heart itself is not a Masonic symbol. If it was being pierced by a sword, then *maybe* it could be.

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Re: Sailor Powder Horns
« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2023, 11:58:27 PM »
Powder Horns, Documents of History by Tom Grinslade, Scurlock Publishing, 2007, suggests otherwise?

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Re: Sailor Powder Horns
« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2023, 07:00:21 AM »
Yes, and the horn shown in the book has other Masonic symbols with it. And, if you look closely, it is being pierced by a sword from the lower right.

This horn here does not have any other Masonic symbols. This heart is not a Masonic symbol.