This beautifully illustrated work traces the history of horn books of Colonial America and the Old World.  Such one page "books" were the first learning devices placed directly in the hands of children.100 Illustrations!
5.5 x 4.25", 60 pages, Three color cover, Heavy ivory 
vellum paper, Spiral binding
#160 - 60 pages - $8.
 An Illustrated History of ABC HORNBOOKS


Table of Contents:
Typical Horn Book - A Description     Horn    Fore-runners of Horn Books     Origin of True Horn Books     Lesson Sheet     Crosses and Cross-rows    Printing and Paper     Ornamental Border and Tacked Brass
Paddle Ornamentation     How a Horn Book was Assembled    Horn Books of Great Britain     Gingerbread "Horn Books"     Horn Books of  Europe     Horn Books in Colonial America    The Demise of the Horn Book     Vestiges 
Small abc Horn Book Replica with Genuine Cow Horn  
WITH YOUR CHOICE OF BACKBOARD DESIGN
 $20. each 

This delightful miniature [3.5 x 1.8"] horn book is a conversation
 piece right out of history!  The lesson sheet (same for both these items) is protected by a transparent sheet of semi-precious cow horn [$10 worth] that has been drilled and tacked to the solid 1/4" wooden paddle with a charming backboard design.  Our 16 page history is included.

For St. George & the Dragon backboard, order # SmEHB
For Ship backboard design, order # SmCHB

Large abc Horn Book Replicas with First Quality GENUINE HORN 
  America's only source of abc Horn Books with genuine horn! Horn sheets are expensive,imported from England.  
  Gene Wilson's replicas are handcrafted with genuine horn and nothing to equal them is available elsewhere!
The Pilgrim Fathers knew their  horn book and brought it with  them to the New World.  It was  used in Colonial 
America for 
elementary 
instruction,  
but   
extremely 
few horn  
books  have  
 survived.  
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American Crafted  ~ Old World Style Universal Appeal     
abc HORN BOOKS were for centuries a child's introduction to reading.  The horn book got its name from the translucent sheet of cow horn, held in place by tacks, to protect its printed  lessonsheet.  The simple text was typically the alphabet and the Lord's Prayer (Our Father) fastened onto a quarter-inch thick solid wooden paddle (oak).
< #116   A Brief History of ABC Hornbooks by Gene Wilson 
16 pages      $1.50
Pilgrim children, with hornbooks
Handcrafted ABC Horn Books
Horn Book Replicas, Histories
Horn Books Handcrafted with Genuine Animal (Cow) Horn by Gene Wilson
HORN BOOK ITEMS
This page was last updated: December 24, 2016
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Handcrafted ABC Horn Books
Horn Book Replicas, Histories
#LgCHB  Colonial Style Horn Book + 16 p. History $38.
Shown at LEFT.  Note the charming backboard SHIP design.
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These horn book replicas measures 5 x 2.7" and are typical of the traditional size of an antique horn book.  Included is our 16 page Horn book History.   Genuine cow horn [3 x 2"] imported from England [$25 worth] protects the ABC   lesson sheet, Antiqued hardwood paddle of 3/8" oak hardwood.  Charming backboard design.
Out of Stock    Available after Mar 1, 2017
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#LgEHB Old English Style Horn Book​ + 16 p. History $38.
Shown at RIGHT.  Note the charming backboard design of Saint George and the Dragon and black letter lesson sheet..
#126 - GINGERBREAD 
HORN BOOK​ MOLD
Carved by Gene Wilson
6.3 x 3.5" Cherry  $45.
Includes our Recipe & History booklets
​#LgCHB as shown above 
is also available with   the 60 page history   book for $46.
#LgEHB+ as shown above
is also available with    the 60 page history   book for $46. 
"To Master John, the English Maid
A horn book gives of Ginger-bread,
And that the Child may learn the better,
As he can name, he eats the letter.
Proceeding thus with vast Delight,
He spells, & gnaws from left to right"
                             - Priors Poems
INEXPENSIVE GIFT HORNBOOKS [without horn] WITH 16 P. HISTORY

<  #SmCH  Small Colonial Horn Book, SHIP backboard, Without Horn  $6.95

<  #SmEH  Sm English Horn Book, ST. GEORGE backboard, Without Horn  $6.95

These delightful miniature [3.5 x 1.8"] horn book replicas are GREAT GIFTS
and conversation pieces right out of history!  Includes our $1.50 history.
Solid wooden paddle with charming backboard  design.
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#LgCH  Large Colonial Horn Book, Ship backboard, without horn  $10.95.  >

#LgEH Lg English Horn Book, St George, black letter, without horn  $10.95 >

These [5 x 2.7"] horn book replicas are GREAT GIFTS and conversation pieces 
right out of history!  Includes our $1.50 history.  Solid wooden paddle [same as
 used with the $46 horn books] with charming backboard design.

I was introduced to horn books in college and later observed
antique ones first-hand in the rare books area of the British Museum.
Pursuing the history of horn books (Tuer and others), I was soon hand-
crafting replicas and publishing the simplified histories offered here.

Importing horn sheets from Abbey Horn Works in England in the 1970's, I became the only source of genuine horn replicas in America.  Cow horn, once a cheap waste product   of slaughterhouses, has become a semi-precious material when laboriously processed into transparent sheets,  Such horn sheets have to be drilled for nailing, and are rather difficult to tack without cracking the horn,   The horn sheets often lack 100% transparency due to pigment specks and streaks - which, considering their origin, only adds to the uniqueness of each handcrafted replica.  These unusual items are offered in hopes of making their historic role in childhood education appreciated.     - Gene Wilson
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Our First Clearance Sale of Hand Crafted HORN BOOK SECONDS:

The crafting of horn books sometimes results in cracked or chipped horn. Furthermore, among the hundreds of dollars of horn sheets that we import from England, some are not uniformly transparent and fail to meet our high standards. Therefore, we are heavily discounting a group of horn books which we have crafted using these second quality horn sheets.  

Hopefully, a greater number of educators, librarians, and historians will be able to afford these
interesting conversational pieces at our discounted price - for themselves or as unique gifts.

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