✅ SOLVED Had to step back digging this one was unsure what it was 😂 I think it's a vintage glass battery but not sure what year it would be or what used for

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That's very cool! They made a lot of different glass batteries during the early 1900's, but seldom do you see a complete one dug up.
That's what I was thinking its rare to find one fully intact it's quite heavy lol
 
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Good find to get an unbroken one!

It’s a British battery from Oldham & Son, established 1865 in Newton on the outskirts of Manchester, and later operating from nearby Denton. Initially they were a millwright and general engineering business, but produced their first lead-acid battery in 1917 and then scaled up production after the WWI ended. Yours should say:

OLDHAM
TYPE O .50 [note it’s a letter ‘O’ and not a zero]
MAXIMUM CHARGE
2.0 AMPS
SPECIFIC GRAVITY
FULLY CHARGED
1.250
MAINTAIN LEVEL
WITH
DISTILLED WATER

It will probably have “MADE IN ENGLAND" on the bottom.

‘Type O’ batteries like this were general purpose, used in vehicles and a wide number of other applications. I think it could be from any time in the 1920s to 1930s. Once the battery business blossomed, they famously used the slogan "I told 'em Oldham" for years afterwards and the phrase entered popular culture in reference to anything mechanical or electrical which failed (ie taken to mean that a better one of 'Oldham' quality should have been used).
 
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Good find to get an unbroken one!

It’s a British battery from Oldham & Son, established 1865 in Newton on the outskirts of Manchester, and later operating from nearby Denton. Initially they were a millwright and general engineering business, but produced their first lead-acid battery in 1917 and then scaled up production after the WWI ended. Yours should say:

OLDHAM
TYPE O .50 [note it’s a letter ‘O’ and not a zero]
MAXIMUM CHARGE
2.0 AMPS
SPECIFIC GRAVITY
FULLY CHARGED
1.250
MAINTAIN LEVEL
WITH
DISTILLED WATER

It will probably have “MADE IN ENGLAND" on the bottom.

‘Type O’ batteries like this were general purpose, used in vehicles and a wide number of other applications. I think it could be from any time in the 1920s to 1930s. Once the battery business blossomed, they famously used the slogan "I told 'em Oldham" for years afterwards and the phrase entered popular culture in reference to anything mechanical or electrical which failed (ie taken to mean that a better one of 'Oldham' quality should have been used).
Wow that's exactly what it says on the glass, how great
Good find to get an unbroken one!

It’s a British battery from Oldham & Son, established 1865 in Newton on the outskirts of Manchester, and later operating from nearby Denton. Initially they were a millwright and general engineering business, but produced their first lead-acid battery in 1917 and then scaled up production after the WWI ended. Yours should say:

OLDHAM
TYPE O .50 [note it’s a letter ‘O’ and not a zero]
MAXIMUM CHARGE
2.0 AMPS
SPECIFIC GRAVITY
FULLY CHARGED
1.250
MAINTAIN LEVEL
WITH
DISTILLED WATER

It will probably have “MADE IN ENGLAND" on the bottom.

‘Type O’ batteries like this were general purpose, used in vehicles and a wide number of other applications. I think it could be from any time in the 1920s to 1930s. Once the battery business blossomed, they famously used the slogan "I told 'em Oldham" for years afterwards and the phrase entered popular culture in reference to anything mechanical or electrical which failed (ie taken to mean that a better one of 'Oldham' quality should have been used).
That's exactly what it says on the bottle, it's great to know the history on it because when I found it I thought it was a bomb 😂💣, I'm happy with this find, I think I'm very lucky to find one in this condition, where I found it I got told it was near where the war happend thank you for commenting
 
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Very cool recovery, dug many cells but never a glass container.
Congrats on the recovery.
Have you dug many bottles?
 
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so for valentines day I got my girlfriend some Flowers but I also cleaned all the acid out of the battery I found and gave it to my girlfriend to use as a flower vase and she absolutely loves it, I know some will not agree but it looks great in our home 🏡😊
 
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