The photo are a little blurry, but the top of the tube is marked ‘Gabriel’ and ‘Birmingham’. Not sure if it’s connected with carpentry or woodworking. The ‘Birmingham’ stamp would in any case distance it from the Gabriel we all know, but any ideas as to what this is?






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Hi Gary,
My best guess is that it was / is for dispensing mineral oil for lubrication purposes. It appears to have a leather washer on the screw-in “lid” that would provide an reasonable seal against leakage.
All the best – Richard

I think it may be something useful for removing earwax – I remember seeing Roman artefacts that look very similar.

Yup! Search “snuff bottle with spoon.” I was right on both possibilities for contents.

Hi Richard, I think you get the award! Extra point for the link, haha. Yes, I think we can assume that’s what it is. Thanks for the info and hope you are very well. All the best, Gary

It’s a rifle oiler antique now a lot were stamped mod war
I’ve got one and keep it in my bicycle kit with Greece in it

Check out musket oiler on the internet – I have a similar one but it is missing the spoon part.

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