why this product

The horn for these dice shakers is sourced from free roaming Nigerian Ankole cattle. These cows have plenty of space to graze, and so their horns tend be wide and robust. (Images of Ankole cattle, with their distinctively long, expansive horns, have been found in ancient Egyptian cave paintings.)

To create the shaker, a single horn is cut in half and held over a flame to make the material more malleable. One half is then flattened on a press and cut to form the bottom of the cup, while the other is bent into the body. The naturally occurring swirling pattern and variation of brown tonal shades means that each and every dice shaker is unique.

use & care

Made of natural ox horn, the colors and pattern on each dice shaker will vary. Over time and with increased use, oils from hands and fingers will naturally darken the dice shaker to achieve a unique patina. Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight or extreme conditions to prevent cracking or yellowing.

Clean the dice shaker with cool water and a mild soap, if desired. Rub gently with a soft cloth to dry. 


production & design

The company that produced this dice cup was established in 1749 as purveyors of horn goods, such as buttons and combs. Over the centuries, the company changed hands before eventually being passed down to close associates, longtime employees and apprentices.

The horns are a by-product of the Nigerian meat industry, and if not made into other products, would have otherwise gone to waste.

about the designer

Handmade Horn Dice Cup

Kaufmann Mercantile from New York, NY
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Handmade ox horn dice shaker cup. Made from a single horn, sourced from free roaming Nigerian Ankole cattle. Hand-molded, cut, polished and sanded in England since 1749. Pairs with our Handmade Bone Dice.

More Details

  • Technical Specifications:

    2 inches x 3 inches
    (5.3 x 7.5 cm)

    Natural horn

    Made in

  • Product Dimensions: H 1.0 Inches x W 1.0 Inches x L 1.0 Inches
  • Product Code: V176000283052

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  • We accept complimentary returns within 30 days of receipt if the item is unused and in original condition.
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