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"Horns in Medieval times, made of what?" Topic

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Volleyfire12 Oct 2018 3:52 a.m. PST

Not your curved hunting horn made from a hollowed out horn but trumpets and long horns such as we see cavalry carrying. Could they made from copper or brass, or painted perhaps?

Cacique Caribe12 Oct 2018 4:21 a.m. PST

Looks like a soft metal, so brass makes sense:


Brass is what the Romans and others used in ancient times too.


EDIT Here's a medieval trumpet from Krakow:


It looks very similar to the ones in this illustration:


goragrad12 Oct 2018 4:36 a.m. PST

Horn, wood, or metal depending on time and location,

And as Dan notes, brass has been used for millennia.

Volleyfire12 Oct 2018 6:07 a.m. PST

Thanks guys. I'll repaint my copper one as brass I think.

Twilight Samurai Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2018 9:38 p.m. PST

Are they blowing horns or is that a drinking game?

French Wargame Holidays13 Oct 2018 4:05 a.m. PST

copper or brass

goragrad13 Oct 2018 5:33 a.m. PST

One other note – silver or tin plating has been around for some time and used to enhance the appearance of copper, bronze, and brass.

Not unlikely that the trumpet of a herald for someone of sufficient rank would be so treated.

Personal logo Swampster Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2019 9:08 a.m. PST

There is such a huge variety in composition with different samples of brass and bronze that I wouldn't worry about repainting from copper.
shows some examples.

Archaeologists tend to just refer to them as 'copper alloys' unless they have been analyzed, and even then the difference isn't as clear cut as modern terms would suggest.

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