The Horn Furniture of
Metz, a St. Joseph, Missouri fireman who died in the line of duty,
created masterpieces of horn furniture --
many with horn veneering!
His horn furniture was displayed at the 1904's World's Fair in St. Louis and
several sparkling examples are featured on this page.
more about Herman Metz, his incredible horn furniture and horn veneering
Known Piece of Horn Furniture
an incredible 8 ft. 3 inches tall and 5 ft. 10 inches wide!
Constructed of oak, mahogany, and walnut, this three-mirror dresser is substantial and
made for use. It is far heavier than two men can lift.
The entire 7-sided front wooden surface is covered with 1164 pieces of hand-cut, polished
steer horn (horn veneer), fit together with a high degree of precision and abundant
mitering, and held in place with glue and nearly 9000 brass finishing nails.
Eight drawers with pulls fashioned from horn.
Nineteen hooves adorn the bottom.
14 sets of buffalo and
8 sets of black cow horns decorate the front -- in striking contrast to the mostly yellow
Sits on 7 iron, wooden-wheel casters with an 1886 patent date.
An Enormous Undertaking!
||An Up-close View of Horn Veneering.
Drawer pulls made of horn.
Thousands of brass finishing nails.
Horn veneering is the rarest form of horn furniture making and, to date,
only six makers of
horn-veneered furniture are known to me: Herman Metz, Wenzel Friedrich,
Charles Puppe, and the three other
makers are unidentified.
about horn veneering.
||11 inches tall
6 inches across
Carved hands and hearts of horn
Has little screws made from horn
A Truly Unique Item!
||Displayed at 1904 World's
cattle horn folk-art pieces
About 26 inches tall x
23 inches wide
Beveled glass mirror framed with cattle horn
13 carved hands of horn
(In the Victorian period, hands were a symbol of friendship.)
5 bowties of horn
6 horn pockets
4 horn rosettes
46 handmade acorns of horn
A Classic Piece of American Horn
Hands and bowties made from horn.
Rosettes, pockets and acorns made from
Mirror framed with horn and acorns.
Horn Rocking Chair
||Herman Metz probably made this rocking chair
for his daughters in the 1890s.
28 inches tall 14 inches wide
Cushioned seat covered with the
type of material commonly used on buggies.
The back, arms, legs and rockers are fashioned in a framework of steel rods over which has
been placed 533 pieces of drilled cattle horn.
Into these pieces are inlaid 525
dots of horn.
Into the back and arms were inlaid
four stars and three diamonds made of horn.
The ends of the steel rods were
fitted with nine hand-carved acorn finials also made of horn.
A Laborious Piece of Work Seen By
Thousands at the 1904 Worlds Fair!
Ella and Herman Metz
At home in St. Joseph, Missouri.
With a portion of his horn furniture, displayed at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis,
which includes this remarkable veneered horn table.
Metz is holding a
horn cane, which features an inlaid dot pattern, a hallmark of his work.
Herman Metz Hall Tree with Mirror
Believed to be about
six feet tall.
The wooden surface
covered with hundreds of pieces of cattle horn veneer and trimmed with 26 steer horns.
On display at the
1904 World's Fair.
furniture is the rarest class of all American horn furniture made.
To learn about horn veneering, click here.
about Herman Metz