North America, ca. first half of the 19th century CE. A fascinating curved powder horn made from a hollowed-out horn of a buffalo, burnished and naturally adorned with lovely hues of chocolate, caramel, and coffee, and capped with wooden plugs on both ends. The rounded base, which is fixed to the horn via 7 nails visible around the periphery, is covered in leather and features a brown-painted bone handle, fashioned from the bone of a buffalo or another ungulate. For suspension, a thin leather strap in a shade of creamy tan is tied to the bone handle and connects on the other side to a metal hook, which is drilled into the tip of the horn, just above the narrow brown-painted wooden plug found at the top. Size: 10" L x 3.375" W (25.4 cm x 8.6 cm)
Provenance: private Glorieta, New Mexico, USA collection
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Expected surface wear with light scratches and abraded areas throughout, commensurate with age. Some fading/chipping to paint, cracking to leather, and staining and fraying to leather strap due to use and tanning. Otherwise, intact and excellent.