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U.S. NAVY AMMUNITION DEPOT SMOKELESS POWDER MAGAZINE SAMPLE BOTTLE – A VERY UNUSUAL ORDNANCE ARTIFACT:  This classic laboratory sample glass bottle with the matching ground glass stopper bears the original paper label identifying it for use as a “SMOKELESS POWDER MAGAZINE SAMPLE” from the “U.S. NAVAL AMMUNITION DEPOT, HAWTHORNE, NEVADA”.  The full form, legible label has detailed blanks for the ship’s name, the type of powder, the specifics of the charge, the date the sample was taken and the date of the test.  The label was used to record the information, but most of the entries are very faded and do not show up in the photographs below.  The date of the sample was taken is entered as “3-15-63”, likely 1963.  The glass stopper is attached with a length of knotted cotton cord and the knot is sealed with wax to prevent it from being removed.  The bottle and stopper are full form with no damage, chips or cracks.  An interesting and very unusual US Navy piece.  $25



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