This is an absolutely great tin oil can from the Central Vermont Railway, which existed between 1899 and 1965. It is in extremely nice condition with a strong CVRY stamp on the bottom, above the diamond logo of its maker JOHNSON /URBANA O [Ohio]. It would make a superb addition to any collection of railroad hardware or tools.
SIZE is approximately 13 inches long from the tip of the spout to the outer edge of the handle. It is approximately 6.5 inches from the table top to the top of the lid. It is about 5 inches wide and holds about 3 quarts.
CONDITION is superb -- all original and showing only light bumps and surface dings from use. One shallow dent on the bottom does not show for display. The spout is long and graceful with no bends or twists. The wire bail handle is original and clearly has never been removed. The original chain connecting the screw cap to the handle is present. All the soldering, edges, seams and hems are as tight as ever. The color of the tin has darkened to an attractive gunmetal with a terrific patina.
There is a skim of oil inside, which has totally prevented any rust. The threading for the cap is perfect and not cross threaded.
This is just one extremely nice piece of New England railroad maintenance equipment.
From Wikipedia: The Central Vermont operated in the U.S. states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont, as well as the Canadian province of Quebec. It connected Montreal, Quebec, with New London, Connecticut, using a route along the shores of Lake Champlain, through the Green Mountains of Vermont and along the Connecticut River valley, as well as Montreal to Boston, Massachusetts, through a connection with the Boston & Maine Railroad at White River Junction, Vermont.
From its beginning in 1843, the CVRY's precedessor, the Central Vermont Railroad, operated until1896 when it was forced into receivership, and the Rutland Railroad was separated. After several leases and purchases, the CVRR was sold at foreclosure on March 21, 1899, and was reorganized as the Central Vermont Railway on May 1, 1899.
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