18th century. Carved cow horn, 15" length with ring above flared faceted embouchure terminal. The mouth with natural irregular socket, pierced for a suspension cord. Deep age patina over unblemished surface. Horns such as this were used for signaling in battle as well as hunting. In the pre-industrialized age, horns were important communication devises. Examples include Alpine horns, coaching horns and hunting horns. So fundamental to the culture, that many great musical compositions emulate horn calls. Once every day essentials, their survival rate is exceedingly small.