The riser is dark, maybe redwood, with very nice grain. I'm pretty sure it's an early 70's manufacture before Martin bought the company. These are no longer as'common' as they once were because anyone who knows old bows understands the quality differences between a vintage Howatt, and the new versions by Martin. Of course you could always pay 3 times more for a brand new one than what you'd likely get this one for.
As far as condition, well for those who are not happy unless they find something wrong with something so that they can then like it, you'd probably be disappointed. I've had or shot them all at one time or another and it's simply a nice looking, comfortable to shoot, good performing classic.
This one has no dental work or tree stand abuse and was well taken care of and preserved and all I'll say is that when you see it in person you'll say,'Hey, this thing was hardly ever shot? The item "VINTAGE DAMON HOWATT HUNTER NE PLUS ULTRA RECURVE BOW" is in sale since Tuesday, December 24, 2019.This item is in the category "Sporting Goods\Outdoor Sports\Archery\Bows\Recurve". The seller is "aras9603" and is located in Westfield, Wisconsin. This item can be shipped to United States.