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Oil Filler Can in wooden crate #717611
Fri Oct 05 2018 02:02 PM
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So I have two oil rocker cans and was out and about today. I came across a circular oil can like the rocker but I is in a wooden crate with a latch system. What era are these from and any value associated to them? Also what purpose did the serve? I bought it cause liked it and want to add it to my collection.

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Corey

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Re: Oil Filler Can in wooden crate [Re: Corey1955] #717613
Fri Oct 05 2018 02:43 PM
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Your items are gasoline or kerosene dispenser cans, not oil cans. You do see these periodically at swap meets and flea markets in our locale, most often in the $45 to $75 range. I've heard various stories over the years about how they were originally used. Some say they were used by hardware stores and drug stores to dispense gas or kerosene back in the pre-teens to 1920's. Remember there were still lots of gasoline-powered washing machines and clothes irons at that time. Also many kerosene lamps still in use then, especially in the rural areas. John

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Re: Oil Filler Can in wooden crate [Re: Corey1955] #717618
Fri Oct 05 2018 04:38 PM
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Awesome thank you for educating me on these. In my area you don’t see many of these types of gas / kerosene cans or the rocker oil cans.

Re: Oil Filler Can in wooden crate [Re: Corey1955] #717654
Sat Oct 06 2018 12:48 PM
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You're most welcome, Corey. Your container is certainly a nice item. I've also seen these with an all-metal framework. However, I like the feel that the combination of wood and metal gives to your rotating dispensers. Years back, I had one of these that was quite similar to yours. Mine had very dark green original paint on the wooden framework, and the word "GASOLENE" factory-stenciled in white on the top side of the board nearest the tilt/pour spout. The "old" spelling of GASOLINE was neat to see in use from back in the day.

I don't think I've ever seen one of these dispensers with a gas brand on it. I'm referring to a brand graphic that was applied at the factory, rather than added later by a jobber or dealer. However, someone else on the forum may chime in on this, and possibly add a photo or two. John


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