What: Gunpowder holder, one of a collection of three
Where: Pitt Rivers Museum, South Parks Rd, Oxford, OX1 3PP
The catalogue entry reads: “Cylindrical wooden powder holder, for measuring gunpowder. The lid is decorated with notched patterns.”
Accession Book Entry – G. F. LAWRENCE, 7 West Hill, Wandsworth- Jan. – [1 of] 3 wooden cases for measured charges of gunpowder, Magdala, Abyssinia – obtained by E. A. Henty.
Written on object – Powder holder, MAGDALA, ABYSSINIA. E. A. Henty coll. Purch. 1902. [SM 31/10/2007]
Other information: This is definitely E.A. Henty in the accession book, nevertheless the field collector could in fact be George Alfred Henty, the children’s book author, who was in Ethiopia at the right time, see biographies [AP 24/9/2002]