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seen pictures of the early wwii 1919 and 1918 ect oil cans, but never in person. picked this up for $5 at an estate sale as looked identical. no markigs that ive seen. Anyone able to confirm if this is the oilcan, or just similiar?

 

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That's the real deal there were two versions, one had a brass spout and cap the the later ones had a steel spout and cap.
 

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Ww1 issue, that one was painted by an enterprising soldier. Most you find are unpainted which was way they were issued. Nice find for $5
 

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Nice price to find a WW I can. There are also 3rd and 4th versions, oblong, 1-3/4" wide, 3-1/4" long by 4-5/8" tall, plus screw-top spout 1-7/8" long in brass or steel, just as pictured on yours. Drab green, stenciled in light blue "LUB, OIL M.G."

They were once made a popular give-away to participants at certain 1919 gun-build parties.


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Every time I see a picture of one of those I cringe a little at my own stupidity. Back a couple decades ago I was on a duck hunting trip and went in to town to get some hardware supplies with my buddies. The hardware store was having a sale. They had a box with cardboard partitions and in it were about forty of those cans (steel tip) The price was $0.25 each and I bought a total of two. At that time I thought that was one too many as I would probably never use them as oil came in disposable cans even then. Just think for a five dollar bill ai could have had twenty of them. And my buddies would have said "what the hell did you buy those for".
 

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Amishbob had the WWI cans (unpainted) at the creek for a very nice price, they were beautiful so if anyone needs one he is your guy :thumbup:
 

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Question on painted ones

Ww1 issue, that one was painted by an enterprising soldier. Most you find are unpainted which was way they were issued. Nice find for $5
Mine is also painted, so any that are painted are from some enterprising soldier?
 

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WWI cans were unpainted WWII cans were painted the same shade green from what I have seen for what it is worth.
 

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Maybe Gatekeeper can pull the drawing for C59737 and see if painting was part of the fabrication process
 

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Of the dozens of these I have owned and sold/given to people, all were from the same box, all brass, and all painted. I had an earlier "banjo" oiler that was unpainted. J
 
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