Our Drinking Horns

Drinking horns are the most popular items that we sell. We now sell almost 50 different types of horns and other horn drinking vessels and more are added regularly. We have sold well over 1500 drinking horns to New Zealand and Overseas customers since 2014 and have had less than 1% returned - usually through a small flaw or defect which we didn't spot. Our customers love these products and many become repeat customers and/or refer their friends.     

"A++++++++++ times infinity! so SO happy with the horn! Its my partners 40th b'day pressie and we couldn't be more impressed/happy!!! thank you SO much! Awesome quick friendly trade! Would absolutely recommend!"

"Wicked horn!! Beer tastes so much better!! Skol!!!! Highly recommended!!"

"I just received the drinking horn, man it was worth the wait! Very happy with it! Good times ahead."

"Just letting you know that the horn arrived safe and sound on Friday afternoon. Thank you so much, it's gorgeous and I know my son will love it when I give it to him for his birthday on Friday. I'd actually love to grab one for myself at some point!​"

Not only are the drinking horns popular with our historical re-enactment customers but they are also popular with hospitality businesses, beer drinkers 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. 

The Manufacture of Drinking Horns

  1. Careful selection of a horn so it is suitable for use.
  2. Sanding the outside of the horn.
  3. Thorough cleaning of the inside of the horn.
  4. Coating with food grade lacquer on the interior to make it 100% safe to use.
  5. Polishing.

All of our horns are inspected by the Ministry of Primary Industries on arrival in New Zealand.

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. 

If you require a more specific colouration then please advise us and we will do our best to meet your requirements. 

As a general rule:

  1. Small Horns are about 250mm long and have an approximate capacity of about 200 ml -250 ml.
  2. Medium Horns are about 300mm long and have an approximate capacity of about 250 - 350 ml (e.g. can if beer)
  3. Large Horns are about 350mm long and have an approximate capacity of about 400 ml - 600 ml
  4. Extra Large Horns are about 400 mm - 450 mm long and have an approximate capacity of about 750mm - 1000 ml.  
  5. All decorated horns are medium sized unless specified otherwise.

We recommend washing your drinking horn with hot soapy water after use and then to rinse this with plain water to remove any soap residue. 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.

Note that a fews horns may have a slightly pungent odor. This is natural and does not sour the drink. It will vanish over time but if you want to remove it faster you can reline the interior with beewax or another coat of food grade varnish.  

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. 

Callum Forbes