A classic 18th century / early 19th century personal item referred to by collectors as salt or snuff horns in line with their most frequent use. As a small screw top container measuring approximately 3 ¼ inches long, these little traveling containers of natural cow horn would have served well to carry the usual personal bit of salt or other food seasoning, snuff, herbs or other medical preparations. Practical use would have been limited only by imagination. This scarce original example shows good evidence of age with a small chew (a common melody that will be familiar to early horn collectors) located just at the mouth of the horn and of no significance when the bone cap is in place. Pleasing originality and period use yet remaining in nice condition with its original turned bone screw cap. With no cracks or splits as usually found in original examples, this one displays a most attractive age patina. (see: Newman & Kravic's COLLECTOR'S ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA of the AMERICAN REVOLUTION ) Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

Shop by Store Name

Click on a letter to view store names that begin with that letter.
More Shopping
  • Today's news about the antiques & collectibles trade.
  • The Showcase Antiques & collectibles that were added to today.
  • Get an online appraisal for an item here.