The hollowed horn of cattle is a good choice. It keeps the powder away of moisture and its volume is large enough. Polishing the walls protects against the fatal effect of a spark. The piece could be decorated like a scrimshaw.
Two powder horns dating from the American Revolutionary War come at auction a few days apart. Both pieces have retained their stopper.
On January 11, Sterling Associates sells a decorated horn, marked with the name of Alexander Hamilton and dated 1773. Its inscriptions are considered autographs and a direct descendant of the famous Founding Father states that he considers it as an authentic provenance.
It is estimated $ 25K, lot 60 on the bidding platforms LiveAuctioneers and Invaluable. The auction house is located in Closter NJ. The bids are received as absentee orders and live by phone and Internet.
On February 4 in Fairfield ME, James D Julia sells a horn inscribed on the stopper with the name of its owner Oliver Buttrick and dated 1774 in the same place. It has certainly been used by this minuteman at the Battle of Concord on the following year. It is estimated $ 20K, lot 2026 on the bidding platform Invaluable.
Hamilton specimen : $ 116K including premium
Buttrick specimen : $ 75K before fees