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Courtesy Dr. Gary Milan Collection

Although this device was meant for the simple purpose of carrying gunpowder for muzzle loading muskets, it was engraved with the name of its owner "Ernst Nibber, Private. Captain George Nagel's Company, Colonel William Thomson's battalion of Rifel men in camp, 1775". This soldier was from Burke's County, Pennsylvania. Once again the use of steer horn. Decorated horns not only tell something of the individual who carried the piece, but also are examples of Colonial American folk art.