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Tin Signal Horn w/ Reed

Tin Signal Horn w/ Reed

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This authentic, functioning reproduction of an antique hand-held foghorn from days gone by comes with a chrome reed mouthpiece on a tin body and a 31" hanging chain for slinging over a shoulder. Foghorns, or fog signals, were historically used on land, from a lighthouse or other building, to warn sailors away from dangers when visibility was poor. Lewis and Clark used this on their expedition west. The portability of this rustproof, tin foghorn makes it ideal to use on the shore or pier.

In May 1803, when purchasing supplies for the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery expedition, Meriwether Lewis bought four “tin horns”—elsewhere called “Tin blowing Trumpets” or, by Sgt. Ordway, “Sounden [Sounding] horns”—from Philadelphia tinsmith Thomas Passmore for 50 cents apiece. Judging from the price, they probably were of the type commonly used on eastern canals for signaling between boatmen and lock-tenders or wharf workers.

Horn signals were used to keep in touch when traveling by boat, summoning the men back to their boats for embarkation. On several occasions a horn was used to call in lost hunters.

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