RARE AND EARLY AMERICAN BRASS AND MAPLE POWDER TESTER
This early powder tester features a brass testing barrel with round pan on top and a brass testing wheel engraved with numbers 1 through 8 to test strength and quality of powder. Resistance spring is of hand forged iron. The one piece grip is of maple and carved with moldings on each side, behind barrel.
CONDITION: Very good, brass retains a pleasing dark mustard patina. Grip retains its original surface. A very nice, early and simple powder tester.
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