Our Drinking Horns and Tankards
Our Drinking horns and Tankards are the most popular items that we sell. We now sell over 60 different types of drinking horns, tumblers and tankards and more types and designs are added regularly. We work closely with our supplier and give them feedback on product improvement and on new designs.
We have sold thousands of these products of in this category to New Zealand and Overseas customers since 2013. Since that time we have become the one of the world's top providers of drinking horns. Our customers love these products and many become repeat customers and/or refer their friends.
In 2014 we sold some horns to the Valhalla Tavern in Wellington for them to on-sell to their customers and also for use in a commercial setting for customers who wanted a more authentic drinking experience. The Valhalla Tavern is still one of our major commercial customers and some of the horns we sold them in 2014 are still in use despite being used several times a week. This demonstrates the longevity of these products.
Not only are the drinking horns popular with our historical re-enactment customers but they are also popular with hospitality businesses, beer drinkers, film and theatre companies and the general public.
Using traditional methods of manufacture Lord of Battles has revived the age old craft of turning waste products from humanely slaughtered domestic cattle into useful everyday items like drinking horns. Each individual horn as its own unique natural glaze and patterning which are enhanced by the craftsmen making these products so each drinking horn is unique.
Each horn comes with either a wooden or metal stand so it can be placed upright on a flat surface. We can also provide leather belt holders in a variety of sizes for most of the horns.
All of the horns listed here have had their interior coated been in the interior to make it 100% safe to use. All horns and tankards are suitable for cold liquids and most for warm/hot liquids but not for very hot/boiling liquids. On arrival in New Zealand they are inspected by the Ministry of Primary Industries.
The horns come in different sizes and being natural products there is a wide range of shapes, colouration and liquid capacity within each size range. The photos accompanying each product listing is indicative of the horns or tankards of that type.
As a general rule:
- Small Horns are about 250mm long and have an approximate capacity of about 200 ml -250 ml.
- Medium Horns are about 300mm long and have an approximate capacity of about 250 - 350 ml (e.g. a can if beer)
- Large Horns are about 350mm long and have an approximate capacity of about 400 ml - 600 ml
- Extra Large Horns are about 400 mm - 450 mm long and have an approximate capacity of about 750mm - 1000 ml.
- All decorated horns are medium sized unless specified otherwise.
We recommend washing your drinking horn with hot soapy water when you receive it. The horn may smell slightly pungent and the interior may have loose small flakes. The smell is natural and does not sour the drink. It will vanish over time but if you want to remove it faster you can wash the horn more. The flaking is excess varnish which is harmless if injested.
We also recommend oiling the horn with some natural vegetable oil from time to time to increase its life. I have several horn drinking vessels of my own that I purchased from Lord of Battles over 10 years ago which are still as good as the day I purchased them.
I personally inspect every horn before I send it to a customer. Sometimes I might miss a small defect. In that rare situation I offer a replacement at no extra charge.