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Oil Bottle Object Reg. No: ST 022008

Gutta-percha oil bottle, pear shapped, open nozzle, in poor condition.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr William Cole, 1943
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 3.50 cm (Width), 6.20 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: bottles, firearm accessories, firearms
Themes this item is part of: Arms Collection, William Cole Arms Collection, William Edwin James Cole, Gun Collector (1864-1952)
Primary Classification: ARMS & ARMOUR
Secondary Classification: Firearms
Tertiary Classification: tools & equipment
Collector: Mr William Cole, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


W.F. Wood Posted on 21 Sep 2011 4:37 AM
I believe this item might actually be a "bullet-flask" or shot container. As a collector of muzzle-loading accessories, all the gun oil containers that could be positively identified (labeled, un-opened with contents inside, etc.) that served as the ORIGINAL purchase containers of gun oil used to fill the small metal and glass bottles in the cases were glass, as this was about the only material that would both not leak and would resist the penetrating action of the oil over long periods of time. Glased pottery bottles, similar to the "Master" bottles used for ink may have been used to a limited extent, but not very sucessfully. The one I have so labeled in my collection shows some penetration from the interior glazed surface to the surface, and, it is the only "Gun Oil" labeled container I have ever seen in a material other than glass or metal.

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