The earliest extant written reference to the Worshipful Company of Horners was in 1284 but the craft of the Horner dates back to “tyme out of mynde”.
Cornucopia, the horn of plenty, featured in classical literature; bronze age artefacts often contain horn and sounding horns (shofars) are described in the Old Testament.
Horn was inexpensive and readily available and was used for utensils containing solids and liquids and for bugles and simple musical instruments. In addition elaborately decorated horns were used for the conveyancing of land and property.
Horn is a natural thermoplastic and can be worked by heat and pressure to make a wide variety of artefacts, such as beakers, buckles, combs and buttons. It can also be pressed into thin translucent sheets that can be used for windows and lanterns.
The word Lantern, once called Lanthorn derives from the Latin word Lanterna meaning light and the word Horn referring to the horn panes.