Recent Acquisition: Powder Horn
Powder horns were flasks designed to carry gunpowder and were commonly made of animal horn, hence the name. They were used to charge muzzle-loading firearms in earlier centuries. The horn would be filled at the wider end and the powder dispensed through a nozzle at the pointed end as needed.
This powder horn (shown on the right
) has been etched with the badge of the Royal Anglian Regiment by a member of 'C' Coy 1st Bn 181 Infantry Regiment US Army, and was presented to the Leicestershire and Derbyshire Yeomanry (LDY) to commemorate the two units training together in May 1977.
The horn recently appeared on eBay and was purchased by Mr Karl Charters, an ex LDY member, who donated it to the museum. Our grateful thanks go to Karl for the donation, which is a welcome addition to our collection.