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Drenching Horn

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T3907
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1700 - 1800


This horn was filled with medicine which was given to sheep.In the 18th and 19th centuries, it was the responsibility of the farm worker rather than the vet to administer medicine to livestock. These medicines usually took the form of herbal remedies which had been passed down from one generation to the next. A cow's horn made a suitable container as it had the combined benefits of being robust, cheap and re-usable.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:18th century
Place of Origin:England


Height:3.4 cm
Diameter:6.5 cm