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19th century SIGNAL HORN



Now fully operational from the beautiful Pacific North West, we encourage all to keep a close eye as we unpack posted offerings and continue what will be an ongoing effort of unpacking the collection while taking stock with an eye toward thinning out our accumulation of treasures. After years of seeking out and acquiring all manner of quality antique Americana from simple but seldom surviving items of special interest to historically important treasures, Janet and I look forward to offering the fruits of our years of seeking out such to new and appreciative homes.

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With authentic period examples most frequently encountered on the East coast, (most likely due to its nautical application) these early sounding or signaling horns are well known as having been pressed into Civil War military service and are nearly always in poor, well used condition, dented or crushed with the internal brass reed missing or damaged so as to be inoperable. A classic of the well-used 19th century utility this well constructed, horn measure approximately 16 inches in length and is about 4 inches in diameter at the mouth. While demonstrating unquestionable age and originality, this brass bodied horn demonstrates desirable construction techniques and remains in exceptional original fully operable condition. An answer to a wide varying 19th century communication / signaling applications, a determined blow into the mouthpiece of this period antique sounding horn will produce a blast capable of some distance. Applicable to a variety of applications, these instruments were once a must have in the gear of costal New England fisherman and commercial mariners who put them to good use when they found themselves unexpectedly fogged in while navigating the shore line. A skilled fisherman or nautical captain would estimate his crafts distance from land by the time interval from sounding of the horn to return of the echo from shore. An example of a once relatively common utility seldom surviving today.
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