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  "IMPERIAL POWDER" GUNPOWDER TIN, EUREKA POWDER COMPANY, DURHAM, NEW HAMPSHIRE, CA 1853-70
Dimensions (inches): 4.75" tall x 3" diameter
Description:
Eureka Powder Works gunpowder tin with "Imperial Powder" brand name, third quarter 19th century, with bittersweet red-orange paper label. Illustrations include a landscape with a hunter on a lake with mountains in the background, and the head of a hound with crossed guns and oak branches. Decorated with scrollwork flora and fauna, the text reads "Prepared & Adapted to Rifle & Percussion Guns."

Eureka Powder Works was founded by George Mathewson in Durham, New Hampshire in 1853. The firm shipped its product in decorated tins throughout America. A series of deadly explosions in the powder mill, including one in 1860, convinced Mathewson to sell out to Louis P. Childs, who renamed it Union Powder Works (exact date unknown).

Condition: Some tears and losses in the label. Cap is absent.
   
Primary Color: bittersweet red orage
Earliest Date: 1853
Latest Date: 1870
For Sale Status: Available
Price $150
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