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    Found at a Logging Camp

    Hi all,

    I found this little brass relic in a logging area that dates from 1862 to the early 1870s. There’s square nails, ox shoes, etc. all over this area

    The stem is solid brass apart from the two hole drilled through it. No patent dates or writing on it that I can see.
    Any suggestions?
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    Is there a hole from the cup down to the two holes in the stem? If so I think you have an oil cup for machinery, the newer cups have a spring on the lid.

    I wonder if the hole in the lid was drilled by an operator so he could add oil without having to lift the lid because the hole looks to be off center in your first picture.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=vint...LbaT-gTx7YXQCA
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    That may be it. The cup is solid though with no holes in it. That stem is solid brass other than the two transverse holes. I really don’t know what it could’ve been used for.
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    The first pic shows something inside, what is it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony in SC View Post
    The first pic shows something inside, what is it?
    It was a small piece of rusted iron that was in there when I opened it. It’s too rusted away to tell what it may have been. That bowl is solid though

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwarner51 View Post
    That may be it. The cup is solid though with no holes in it. That stem is solid brass other than the two transverse holes. I really don’t know what it could’ve been used for.
    Is the hole centered in the lid? Could you take a picture of the lid looking down on it and one looking into the bowl? It may help.

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    Seems to me that if it is an oil cup, one wouldn't want a hole in the lid to let dirt pass. It is a curious piece. A keeper for sure.

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    If it was an oiler the wire inside would have held a felt packing to hold the oil to let it slowly drip out. Maybe it dispenced some other liquid? I have dozens of old oilers but I have never seen one like that!!
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    Ok everyone, after closer inspection, there does appear to be a hole in the bowl. It’s sealed with iron which is why I didn’t notice it. And the iron inside of the bowl is still attached to that hole and appears to “loop” around the inside of the bowl about halfway. I took some more pics to show it. The black arrows indicate where the whole is. My question is, if this an Oiler, what kind of equipment would it have been on and would it fit the 1860-70s time period?
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    Is there a hole in the threaded end?
    Quote Originally Posted by jwarner51 View Post
    Ok everyone, after closer inspection, there does appear to be a hole in the bowl. It’s sealed with iron which is why I didn’t notice it. And the iron inside of the bowl is still attached to that hole and appears to “loop” around the inside of the bowl about halfway. I took some more pics to show it. The black arrows indicate where the whole is. My question is, if this an Oiler, what kind of equipment would it have been on and would it fit the 1860-70s time period?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony in SC View Post
    Is there a hole in the threaded end?
    There appears to be some sort of indentation but it doesn’t go to the other side.

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    Like I said before, I have seen small oilers before but not one exactly like that one. I would say from late 1800's, may be made by the Gitts oiler Co ? Its' very small for an oiler. May be from a mechanical saw or grinder, not something big. Just a guess
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony in SC View Post
    Like I said before, I have seen small oilers before but not one exactly like that one. I would say from late 1800's, may be made by the Gitts oiler Co ? Its' very small for an oiler. May be from a mechanical saw or grinder, not something big. Just a guess
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    Thank you very much for the interest and help in this. I wouldn’t have even been able to get it was an Oiler haha. What exactly do the oilers help do on a piece of equipment?

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    Part of an old tape measure perhaps:
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