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Posted By: DWSheffer Gargoyle Mobiloil Zeta 5 Gallon Can.... - Fri May 22 2020 06:11 PM
Hello All,
I'm curious if anyone else has one of these cans or has seen one over the years? I bought this off Ebay probably 4 or so years ago at a price that was cheap even then. I usually do not buy earlier Gargoyle items but boy was this a nice looking Vacuum Oil can! smile I noticed 5 Quart Don has listed many different 5 gallon Gargoyle cans lately so I asked him if he'd ever seen this one and he said no. I've asked a couple other people over the years and they hadn't either. I'm sure it's a US can, it has no markings that would lead me to believe otherwise. Markings on the top are in gallons. I believe it's from the teens or early 20's.
Thanks for any comments,
Darin

Attached picture Mobiloil Zeta.jpg
Attached picture Mobiloil Zeta Top.jpg
Posted By: MetroPetro Re: Gargoyle Mobiloil Zeta 5 Gallon Can.... - Fri May 22 2020 11:36 PM
That's a neat one. I haven't seen one either.
Posted By: Tankar Re: Gargoyle Mobiloil Zeta 5 Gallon Can.... - Fri May 22 2020 11:37 PM
First for me
Posted By: Wasatch Man Re: Gargoyle Mobiloil Zeta 5 Gallon Can.... - Sat May 23 2020 12:31 AM
That is a great looking can. Never seen it before.
Posted By: Speedracer Re: Gargoyle Mobiloil Zeta 5 Gallon Can.... - Sat May 23 2020 12:34 AM
Great can Darin. I’ve never seen one either. And for scoring a can that a lot of people have never seen, you sure did good condition-wise. Nice one.
Posted By: Gasman84470 Re: Gargoyle Mobiloil Zeta 5 Gallon Can.... - Sat May 23 2020 12:37 AM
Peter beat me to same line. Can't personally help but I did find this..
http://www.petroliana.co.uk/View.asp?ID=4153

Different look but still a great looking can.
British?
I guess so.. it does say London on the can.
Posted By: RedHat Re: Gargoyle Mobiloil Zeta 5 Gallon Can.... - Sat May 23 2020 12:37 AM
I know they used a Zeta grade in England but in a different type of can. I also thought I remembered something about this size being Swiss. I’ll do some digging and see if I have any luck, would be cool if it was a strictly US-issue, fingers crossed
Posted By: DWSheffer Re: Gargoyle Mobiloil Zeta 5 Gallon Can.... - Sat May 23 2020 01:06 AM
Thanks for the comments so far, I appreciate them. The can has Rochester, U.S.A. under the Vacuum Oil Company line and no mention of any foreign country anywhere on it. I will look back in my files and see if I still have a copy of the original Ebay listing to see the location it was shipped to me from. I have a habit of printing them out for record keeping purposes. The overall red color scheme was so attractive it really appealed to me so I hit the BIN, I figured it wouldn't last long. I'm glad I did!
Thanks RedHat, I appreciate the digging! Usually the older foreign Vacuum cans are pretty well marked for the respective foreign market so I sure hope mine is American.
Darin
Posted By: DWSheffer Re: Gargoyle Mobiloil Zeta 5 Gallon Can.... - Sat May 23 2020 03:14 AM
Two sides of the can are the design I first posted, the other two sides are as below.

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Posted By: DWSheffer Re: Gargoyle Mobiloil Zeta 5 Gallon Can.... - Sat Jul 31 2021 07:18 PM
I was surprised to see this 1 gallon version show up on Ebay.....and in relatively nice condition. It will be interesting to see what it goes for, as it's already over $400 and has a decent group of watchers.
Darin

https://www.ebay.com/itm/353599165200

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Posted By: DWSheffer Re: Gargoyle Mobiloil Zeta 5 Gallon Can.... - Sat Aug 07 2021 01:06 AM
The gallon closed at $1600.....I guess it was a wise decision when I hit the "Buy It Now" for $65 for my 5 gallon can 5 years ago.......
Posted By: Gasman84470 Re: Gargoyle Mobiloil Zeta 5 Gallon Can.... - Sat Aug 07 2021 02:53 PM
Darin will 90 buy it today?! LOL
I remember the discussion on your buy. Very unique and rare can. Great buy then and now.
Posted By: DWSheffer Re: Gargoyle Mobiloil Zeta 5 Gallon Can.... - Sat Aug 07 2021 08:46 PM
Nah Gasman....I really wanted to double my investment! grin
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