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Historic Horns

Historic F&I War Cobb Powder Horn on PBS

A engraved powder horn owned by Captain Richard Cobb-1762 was unearthed 100 years ago in Minnesota according to a family legend. Here is an eleven minute segment named: Cobb Powder Horn from the PBS program the History Detectives.

If you like old horns you will truly enjoy this well produced television program.  Click here to watch it here on your computer.

The Winning Horn Cup from the 2012 Annual Meeting and an Interesting Link

Just below you will see a picture of Mike Burke’s winning Horn Cup from the HCH 2012 Annual Meeting. The cup features an engraved logo and our guild’s name in heraldic banners above and below the logo. The top and bottom edges have a turned bead, which is a very nice touch. Notice too the turned rings on the bottom.

The cup is better in person, so be sure to have a look at it at the next meeting. The sitting Guildmaster will be toasting with it!

Mike Burke is a new Journeyman with the HCH and like most horner’s that are very active, he is not bashful when it comes to sharing information.

Mike brought to our attention a very interesting link from the Worshipful Company of Horners from the United Kingdom. Enjoy the information and our thanks go to Mike for sharing.

Here is the link.

Powder Horn Talk at The Concord Museum on June 14, 2012

Reading a Powder Horn: The Siege of Boston through One Soldier’s Eyes
Thursday, June 14, 2012
7:00 p.m., by reservation 978-369-9763; free to all.

J. L. Bell is the voice behind the well-known blog, “Boston 1775” (, that offers history, analysis, and unabashed gossip about the start of the American Revolution.
His presentation uses an ambitiously engraved powder horn exhibited in The Object of History as a stepping off point to examine the Siege of Boston .
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Exhibit of Rufus Grider Powder Horn Drawings at the Arkell Museum

Now being shown through August 14, 2011 is a partial exhibit of watercolor drawings (16) of Rufus Grider at the Arkell Museum in Canajohorie , NY located in the middle of the historic Mohawk Valley .  For additional information and directions, please feel free to visit their website: I’ve also located additional images of Grider’s drawings in full color at the virtual museum of the NY historical society website: Type in ‘Rufus Grider’ in the search block and hit enter.  Sadly not all the drawings will appear, but you will be very happy with the ones you find. If you’re  interested  in this fascinating look into our past, specifically making or collecting American powder horns, you will enjoy the images. - Freeman Gary Elsenbeck

Search for the Ackley Horn

We had an unusual request from Mark Ackley, who is a family historian. He needs help to find an heirloom that was sold at auction.  The details of the powder horn in question are sketchy and the only known photographs of the horn are not the best. What we can see is a nice, right side horn with a cityscape engraving at the top. The horn has little twist and the low dome butt is held with domed tacks. There is additional engraving on the horn, but one cannot tell much from the photos. If you know the whereabouts of this horn, please use the form below. Regards, Rick Sheets HCH Webmaster

“My name is Mark Ackley. It is my intention to search for this powder horn and re-unite it with my family once again if possible. It has a story. The powder horn belonged to Daniel Ackley. Daniel was born in 1760, presumably in Little Egg Harbor, NJ. Daniel did serve in the Gloucester County Militia during the Revolutionary War serving in Captain James William’s Company of the New Jersey Militia. The horn was passed to one of his sons, Joshua Ackley who left it, eventually, to his granddaughter Elizabeth “Lucille” (Ackley) Evans Carroll. It is her hands that hold the horn in the picture. Unfortunately the powder horn was sold at a West Finley, PA estate auction in 1991; it has not been seen by the family since. Of note is that Daniel’s son, Joshua was responsible for building the “Ackley Covered Bridge” in 1832. The bridge was donated in 1937 by Lucille to Henry Ford and Thomas Edison for display at Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan where it can be seen today.” If you know where this horn is, please use the form below.