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July 28, 2012 8:03:34 AM

Hello,
Need help to find out information on an old powderhorn that my nephew dug up. It was acid tested and told it was silver. A lady that buys gold & silver told me it was silver. Want to know what the double eagles and family crest mounted on it stands for. It has other beautiful designs. Could anyone please help me find out this mystery?

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July 28, 2012 8:10:10 AM

You are most definitely asking in the wrong place
July 28, 2012 8:17:50 AM

not the usual type of questions for here--but photos might help
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July 28, 2012 8:33:02 AM

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July 28, 2012 10:51:59 PM
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You need to take it too a museum specializing in such things and have an expert look at it. It could be valuable, for the silver alone. If it is indeed a powder horn, you can contact the NRA firearms museum in Washington D.C. That would be a good start.

My guess, considering its made from silver, is that its' a ceremonial uniform decoration not used in actual combat or hunting. Then again, considering the double eagles it could have been a real powder horn for a wealthy individual used for hunting.

Seek out a historical firearms expert and have them examine it.
July 30, 2012 2:05:40 PM

Mail it to me and I'll inspect it.. I'll only charge you $100 for the service.
August 5, 2012 8:05:42 PM

Best answer selected by junescott1951.
August 6, 2012 3:11:13 PM

riser said:
Mail it to me and I'll inspect it.. I'll only charge you $100 for the service.

Thank you for answering my inquiry. What does your inspection consist of? I have photos of the old powderhorn.
August 6, 2012 3:19:33 PM

junescott1951 said:
Thank you for answering my inquiry. What does your inspection consist of? I have photos of the old powderhorn.


I think riser was kidding.
August 7, 2012 1:10:59 AM

Oldmangamer_73 said:
I think riser was kidding.

Thanks, no doubt he was. Wish he could have told me something about the powderhorn, though.
August 7, 2012 12:31:07 PM

junescott1951 said:
Thanks, no doubt he was. Wish he could have told me something about the powderhorn, though.


Another thing you can try is, see if you an find the same powderhorn or similar for sale on e-bay or another antique type online auction. Might give you an idea of what its worth. Ballpark anyway.

I still think you should get it appraised by an antique firearms expert.
August 7, 2012 1:10:06 PM

Oldmangamer_73 said:
Another thing you can try is, see if you an find the same powderhorn or similar for sale on e-bay or another antique type online auction. Might give you an idea of what its worth. Ballpark anyway.

I still think you should get it appraised by an antique firearms expert.

I will try to locate an antique firearms expert. I have searched the internet but can't find one like it. If you happen to know an antique firearms expert would you let me know?
Thanks for the advice
August 7, 2012 1:17:29 PM

junescott1951 said:
I will try to locate an antique firearms expert. I have searched the internet but can't find one like it. If you happen to know an antique firearms expert would you let me know?
Thanks for the advice


I don't know any antique experts. Did you try contacting the NRA Firearms Museum in Washington DC? They can most definately help with that.

http://www.nramuseum.com/the-museum/the-curators.aspx
August 7, 2012 1:19:01 PM

have you tried dropping a photo of it into google image search to see if it can find images of similar items?

dont know how good google image search is but cant hurt to try it
August 9, 2012 4:16:10 PM

Oldmangamer_73 said:
You need to take it too a museum specializing in such things and have an expert look at it. It could be valuable, for the silver alone. If it is indeed a powder horn, you can contact the NRA firearms museum in Washington D.C. That would be a good start.

My guess, considering its made from silver, is that its' a ceremonial uniform decoration not used in actual combat or hunting. Then again, considering the double eagles it could have been a real powder horn for a wealthy individual used for hunting.

Seek out a historical firearms expert and have them examine it.

I have tried to find a NRA firemans specialist & a Antique firemans expert, but I can't find an email to converse or send photos to them. Have the same problem when I go to NRA firearms museum. Hopefully I can find one sooner or later. This sure is a mystery to me yet exciting.
Thank You
August 9, 2012 4:38:13 PM

Here you go.

LOCATION:
National Firearms Museum
11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, VA 22030
703-267-1600

August 10, 2012 1:50:25 AM

Oldmangamer_73 said:
Here you go.

LOCATION:
National Firearms Museum
11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, VA 22030
703-267-1600

Still can't come up with any information. Can't find any email addresses. Thank you for helping me. Hope to find out about it one day. I wonder who made it and who it was made for.
August 10, 2012 2:32:57 AM

junescott1951 said:
Still can't come up with any information. Can't find any email addresses. Thank you for helping me. Hope to find out about it one day. I wonder who made it and who it was made for.



Have you considered calling the phone number or, *gasp, write a letter and mail it along with good quality photographs?
August 10, 2012 2:42:45 PM

Called the # you gave to me at NFM at Fairfax, Virginia. Talked to a man there. He wanted pictures sent & will try to help me. I sent him the pictures to the email he gave me. Thank You so much. We'll see what he tells me. This is exciting!
August 10, 2012 2:56:37 PM

Let us know how things turn out.
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