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Powder Horn

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The desire to preserve objects associated with early settlement led some collectors to cherish as heirlooms objects that were in fact of later origin. This powder horn, made of an empty and carved cow's horn plugged with wood and hung over the shoulder of the user, was intended to carry a supply of gunpowder dry and ready for use. Descendents of the family of Eliezer Hawks of Deerfield, Massachusetts, identified this powder horn as being in Hawks' possession when he died during a raid on the Bars section of Deerfield by Native American warriors in 1746. But the horn much more closely resembles powder horns from the late 1700s and early 1800s.


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