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18th century oil bottles?

Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 1:37 pm
by Tod
Any one know of any references, pictures examples, or who sells them? I want to get together a few authentic cleaning kits.

Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 1:48 pm
by Neil Johnston
Hi Tod
In the States Jas Townsend and Smiling Fox Forge are two web-sites that I've seen them on. Not sure on provenance (may be 1770s) but they look the part. ... asp?id=345 ... cts_id=688

Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 1:59 pm
by Mark P.
Also what sort of oil would have been available in 1740's?
Perhaps animal fat/grease is more likely.

Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 2:16 pm
by Tod
Mark, you beat me to it. I think it would be fish oil. Although a combination of fish oil and animal fat was used as dubbin.

Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 2:51 pm
by Merlon
There is is an oiler at

Mostly fish and whale oil, Pine oil was available from Scandinavia which could be thinnned with turpentine again another by product of the Scandinavian timber trade.
Grease would be all animal derived at this time

Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 5:57 pm
by steve stanley
Most of my sources are Colonial,but seem to refer to what we'd think of more as a grease..normally a tallow/beeswax mix kept in a tin box.Also looking at PC cleaning kits now....with special ref to all-wood ramrods with no fittings....Talk to me Tod!

Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 11:37 pm
by Tod
Being dim, PC?

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 12:06 am
by steve stanley
Period correct.....

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 12:10 am
by steve stanley

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2007 6:33 pm
by Jack the dodgy builder
Just a quick one if you see tryne , tranye , trane ,train oil mentioned read whale oil also very good for honing