KAMES GUNPOWDER WORKS, GLASGOW
A RARE, POSSIBLY UNIQUE TRADESMAN'S MAGAZINE OF POWDER SAMPLE TINS,
circa 1850, comprising of a black japanned tin measuring 11 1/2in. long by 7 1/2in. deep by 8in. wide, the hinged lid printed with 'IMPROVED RIFLE POWDER', the folding clasp closure with provision to padlock (missing), two folding heavy wire handles, the interior with secondary leather banded and lined inner lid, the underside with the majority of a circular gummed 'KAMES GUNPOWDER WORKS' printed label, the interior compartmented for twelve identical black japanned tins numbered in gilt from '1' to '12', each compartment leather lined and each tin with applied leather base (no contents to tins)
Other Notes: Kames Gunpowder Works was founded by a local consortium of businessmen in 1839. It continued at its location at Millhouse, Nr. Kames on the Kyles of Bute until 1876 when it was acquired by the firm of Curtis & Harvey, who moved their production from their works at Clachaigs. It continued in business until 1923. Traces of some of the original 20 or so buildings can still be seen today, including the saltpetre refinery, granulating mills and magazine.
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