This spouted item that looks like a genie might live inside is called an oil lamp filler and it was used in the late 1800's for topping off oil and kerosene lamps. It has a nice shape with flowing lines. The reservoir is short and slightly tapered. It has a flanged neck and the knob on the top unscrews to fill the bowl. It has an applied handle with a pleasant curve. The long spout has a small cap plug that is attached to a chain that is connected to the spout. This little plug is to keep the spout covered when not being used. The plunger that is in front of the handle is depressed while pouring to allow air in while the oil is being dispensed. I believe it is made of nickel plated brass. The bottom is marked; Manning Bowman Quality Meriden, Conn. 20. I believe this is from the late 1800’s.
It measures about 4 3/8” to the top of the lid and 3 7/8” high at the end of the spout. The reservoir bowl measures about 4” in diameter. It measures about 9” from handle to spout end. Overall it is in very nice original condition with minor wear. The nickel plating shows generally minimal wear except for the last two inches of the spout and the top of the plunger knob where some of the brass shows. There is a dent on the body just below the widest part and about two inches from the handle. It looks like a small thumb indentation. on the reverse side of the monogram.
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