Artifacts Of The
   American Revolutionary War

Priming Horns

     The Priming Horn held the fine "priming powder" which was poured into the priming pan of a musket, and which was ignited into flame by sparks given off by the striking of the flint against the frizzen. Because the priming powder was finer than the ordinary gunpowder used in the musket, a large size powder horn was not necessary. The priming powder, therefore, was held in a smaller "priming horn". The images in this exhibit show that the priming horn was basically the same as any other powder horn, with the exception that it was generally smaller. Of the horns in this exhibit, none are over six inches in length.