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

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 @ $19. each
For Ship backboard design, order # SmCHB @ $22. each

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.  
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  lesson sheet.  The simple text was typically the alphabet and the Lord's Prayer   (Our Father) fastened onto a quarter-inch thick solid wooden paddle (oak).
[above]  #116   A Brief History of ABC Hornbooks by Gene Wilson 16 pp $2.  
Pilgrim children, with hornbooks
Handcrafted ABC Horn Books
Horn Books Handcrafted with Genuine Animal (Cow) Horn by Gene Wilson
HORN BOOK ITEMS
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Handcrafted ABC Horn Books
#Large HBC  Colonial Style Horn Book + 16 p. History 
Shown at LEFT.  Note the charming backboard SHIP design.
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These horn book replicas measures 6 x 3.25" and are typical of the traditional size of an antique horn book.  Included is our 16 page Horn book History.   Genuine cow horn [3.5 x 2.5"] imported from England [$26 worth] protects the ABC lesson sheet, Antiqued hardwood paddle of 3/8" oak hardwood.  Charming backboard design.

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#Large HBE Old English Style Horn Book​ + 16 p. History
Shown at RIGHT.  Note the charming backboard design of Saint George and the Dragon and black letter lesson sheet..
#46 - GINGERBREAD 
HORN BOOK​ MOLD
Carved by Gene Wilson
6.3 x 3.5" Cherry  $48.
Includes our Recipe & History booklets
​#Large HBC is currentluy available @ $32 or $40  or $45.  
SEE BELOW:
#Large HBE is currently available @ $32 OR $40 OR $45 or $52. 
SEE BELOW:
"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

<  #Sm C - Colonial Horn Book, SHIP backboard, Without Horn  $6.

<  #Sm E - English Horn Book, ST. GEORGE backboard, Without Horn  $6.

These delightful miniature [3.5 x 1.8"] horn book replicas are GREAT GIFTS
and conversation pieces right out of history!  Includes our $2. history.
Solid wooden paddle with charming backboard  design.
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#Med C - Colonial Horn Book, Ship backboard, without horn  $10.  >

#Med E - English Horn Book, St George, black letter, without horn  $10. >

These [5 x 2.7"] horn book replicas are GREAT GIFTS and conversation pieces 
right out of history!  Includes our $2. history.  Solid wooden paddle 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
Medium Colonial HB​
Medum English HB​
#SmEHB
$19.
#Sm
CHB
$22.
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 Hand Crafted HORN BOOK SECONDS:
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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HANDCRAFTED HORN BOOK ITEMS
ITEM #  /  DESCRIPTION  /  PRICE
#160 - Horn Book History 60 pp, $8.
#116 - Horn Book History 16 pp. $2.
#46  - ABC Horn Book Mold $48.
#Lg Eng HB/horn - 6 x 3" $33-$52.***
#Lg Col HB/horn - 6 x 3"  $33-$45.***
#Sm Eng HB/horn - 3.5 x 1.8" $19.
#Sm Col HB/horn - 3.5 x 1.8" $22.
#Med E/without horn - $10.
#Med C/without horn - $10.
#Sm E/without horn - $6.
#Sm C/without horn - $6.
***Price varies with quality of horn used
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# HBE - 3  
$45.
# HBE - A  
$40.
# HBE - P  
$32.
# HBE - BA  
$32.
Horn imported from England is seldom 100% transparent.  The pigment stripes and spots add interest to these conversational heirlooms.  The pricing reflects the quality of the horn used in handcrafting a particular horn book.
# HBC - BA  
$40.
# HBC - 2 
$45.
# HBC - 450  
$45.
# HBC -4  
$45.
# HBC - B  
$32.
# HBC - 30  
$32.
# HBE   
$52.
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# HBC  
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