Southern Banded Horns

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My banded horns are built for hard use and have some visible makers marks as would have original horns from the period.

Catawaba Valley Horn
This horn is representative of early 19th Century horns made in the Catawaba River Valley area of NC. The horn is 13 3/4 inches along the long curve and 2 1/4 inches across the butt. The turned antler spout sits on a very shallow shoulder, and is 2 1/16 inches long. The stepped butt is 2 1/16 inches deep X 2 1/4 inches across. The butt is turned from gunstock quality ash and is hollowed out to increase the amount of powder it can hold and to add to the balance of the horn. The horn is not available.

NC Banded Horn
This NC style horn is 13 5/8 inches along the long curve by 2 9/16 inches across the butt. The spout is a two piece spout made from turned antler. The plug and stopper are nut wood. The bands and spout are turned and applied. The original example used as a pattern was from north of the Cape Fear River. This is not a bench copy of the original.

Rowan County, NC Banded Horn
This horn is a pretty good representation of a Rowan County, NC. It is 12 inches around the outside curve. Plug is maple. Spout is antler. Stopper is mahogany. The butt, bands, and spout are pinned in place using thorns. The horn was made for the Fall NMLRA shoot in Arizona and is not available for pivate ownership.


Homespun Banded Horn:
This little Alamance Co. NC styled horn was made for a special friend. The horn has both a significant curve and rather wicked left hand twist. It is 7 inches long and 2 inches in the butt. It has an applied turned horn spout, one central turned band, and a turned (then, hand fitted) walnut base-plug.  The plug is held in place with 17 brass tacks. It was requested that the horn have a homemade, “use a day” look with visible marks from scraping and rasping left on the horn.

Carolina Piedmont Horn:
This horn is a near copy of a horn that was found in the kitchen of a Piedmont North Carolina home. Care was taken to capture the subtleties of the bands, tip and the turnings in the butt.  This horn is designed for right side carry. Butt and stopper are turned from black walnut. Pictures are courtesy of Jan Riser.

Carolina Piedmont Horn:
Style is Circa 1800. Horn is right hand, 15 inches along the long side of the curve and 2 5/8 in the butt. Plug is Ash. Spout is Dogwood. The horn is stained with natural stain and is semi-transparent. Stopper is pine. This horn has been sold.


Virginia Horn:
13 inches overall with a 2 1/8 inch butt. Tip is turned horn applied with three pins. Plug is held in place by 6 wooden pins. Band is heat applied and pinned in place. Nut wood butt. Left hand. This horn has been sold.

Georgia Horn:
12 inches overall with a 2 inch butt. Carved tip. Beehive plug held in place with 23 small flat headed nails. Turned rings are heat applied and pinned in place. Nut wood butt. Near copy of The Allen Horn. This horn has been sold.

Randolph County, NC Horn:
The horn is roughly 13 inches along the outside curve. The applied tip was turned from dogwood. The butt is yellow pine turned with the grain. The horn is scraped thin enough to see the powder in the horn. This horn has been sold.

Alamance County, NC Horn:
This horn is 15 1/2 inches long along the outside curve.  It is 2 1/2 inches across the butt.  It has three lathe-turned rings, a beehive butt, and an applied turned tip of horn.  The pecan wood plug, rings and tip are fixed in place with honey locust thorns. This horn is not available for sale.

Southern Green Horn:
This horn has a natural dark green color; nature has dictated that it is near opaque. It is 14 inches along the outside curve and is 2 inches across the butt. The applied tip is made of horn pinned to antler. The three turned rings are amber colored and have been tortoise-shelled. The onion shaped concave plug is of pecan wood and has been hollowed out to increase the horn’s powder capacity. Honey locust thorns pin everything together.