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    Primitive Whale Oil Lamp?

    Anybody ever seen one like this?
    Im pretty sure its an oil lamp of some sort.
    The bladder bottom measures about 2 inches in diameter.
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    donald peterson

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    I would call it an opium pipe.

    opium pipe - Bing Images
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    Quote Originally Posted by pippinwhitepaws View Post
    I would call it an opium pipe.

    opium pipe - Bing Images
    I will agree, as I can envisage how it might work, by inserting the opium into the barrel and have it smoulder away by placing some embers on the flattened area.

    But, that would depend on the stem being hollow - which we don't yet know.

    Sooo, spudnutt?

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    Very odd and interesting piece!

    The manufacturing appears to be 19th Century solder-seamed tinware.

    Opium Pipe is highly doubtful, as the dynamics is unlike any Opium Pipe I have ever seen.

    Is the small shaft a hollow tube, or solid?


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    Oil can ?

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    I would have said candle holder but since the bottom "reservoir" is hollow, I would say it's an oil lamp with the wick, insert, or adjuster missing.

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    Thanks everyone. The shaft extension is hollow and air flows freely into the reservoir.

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    After thoughtful comparison, my impression is that this item is an early type of Oiler, for machinery. The top likely had a cork at one time. Once the reservoir was filled through the top with lubricating oil, the cork would be pressed back in, sealing the top. Then the long tube spout would be used to effectively reach into tight areas on machinery, to lubricate moving parts.

    Mojjax is on the right track I believe, and this item is a type of very early Oil Can.


    CC Hunter
    Last edited by CC Hunter; Sep 24, 2013 at 10:37 AM.
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    I have looked through my entire research file(huge)of Opium smoking pipes,and can not find any remotely similar to this either
    M.X.T , Tesoro Tejon





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    donald peterson

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    modern glass version.
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    shine bright light Inside the object, extract any deposits, burn deposits...oils will smell like oil...
    dope will smell like dope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pippinwhitepaws View Post
    modern glass version.
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    shine bright light Inside the object, extract any deposits, burn deposits...oils will smell like oil...
    dope will smell like dope.
    Thanks Pippin...what does that date to?None of my historical material have any like that?
    M.X.T , Tesoro Tejon





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    donald peterson

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    I believe it is a modern recreation kuger...made last week in medincino, type of object..
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    I think it is part of an old medicine steam vaporizer.

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    I believe it is a modern recreation kuger...made last week in medincino, type of object..

    There is nothing modern about the tin item posted at the top. That is hot tinned sheet steel, with likely lead solder seams. The style of construction, as well as aged patina, is very indicative of 19th Century tinsmith work.


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    CCHunter is on the mark, Fill with oil, cork, squeeze the reservoir and precisely drip your oil.
    Bet that a gentle squeeze on the reservoir will still give a rebound click when released. (or leave a permanent dent )
    Definitely not a whale oil lamp, the diagnostic for these are generally twin round wick holders.
    Last edited by steelheadwill; Sep 25, 2013 at 07:07 AM.
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