This carved deer antler was found in a bucket of old Lepley rifle parts and gunsmithing tools in Southampton Township, Somerset County, PA. The overall length is 3.18". I solicited comments on what it might be, and the answers I received are:
Me personally? Considering the context of where it was found, and the similar shape (including lip) of other deer horn powder measures that I have seen lately in published photographs, the suggestion that it is a partially finished powder measure seems compelling. I cannot, however, discount the possibility that it is a partially finished whistle or some other implement. If it was planned to be a powder measure, it was probably for a pistol or a squirrel rifle, based on the limited available space to drill the powder reservoir. I very much appreciate all the comments I have received about the possible purpose of this artifact.
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