Powder horn

Powder horn

This 11” powder horn is dated September 30, 1777, Bennington, Vermont, and belonged to Clark Harwood (1760-1835). It is engraved “Harwood Clark—His Horn” and is profusely decorated with primitive motifs. Cattle horns were perfect instruments to “keep your powder dry”: naturally waterproof, already hollow, provided protection from wayward sparks that could ignite the gunpowder inside, and lightweight when carried by a shoulder strap. Both ends, wide and narrow, were plugged until the powder was loaded into flintlock muskets. It’s probable that Harwood may have fought with Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys in the Battle of Bennington, August 16, 1777, a victory for the Americans over the British.

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