This is an antique oil lamp filler which was used at the turn of the century for topping off old oil and kerosene lamps. It is probably made of both brass and copper which has been nickel plated. The form is short and squatty so it wouldn’t have held much. The cast handle has nice form although not especially good detailing. The domed lid on the top unscrews to fill the bowl. It has a half acorn shape with a lightly knurled bottom edge and a ball on the top. The small plunger toward the front of the handle allows air into the chamber while pouring out. It can be pulled outward while pouring to close it off. The spout would have had an attached chain with a small cap attached to it to cover the spout when it was not being used. The bottom is marked; Manf'd By The Buffalo Mfg. Co. Buffalo N.Y.. I believe this is from the late 1800’s – early 1900’s.
It measures about 3” tall to the top of the filler cap and 3 2/8” to the top of the spout. The base measures about 3 ¾” in diameter and it measures about 7 ¼” across from end of spout to outer edge of the handle. It is in nice condition with minor age and use wear. There are a couple of small dents on the body and on the bottom. As previously stated this does not have the chain or cap. The nickel has an overall faint speckled appearance and brass is showing through in a few places like the top of the spout wear it joins the body and the top of the cap. I have tried to show the imperfections as best I can.
The pictures are not shown at actual size. Please refer to the description for actual measurements.
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