Does anyone know what this can is?

maryjo1975September 3, 2012

Hello. I bought this...whatever it is....at an estate sale a few days ago. I have been searching and searching the internet trying to find out what it is to no avail.

I thought it was a water pitcher or coffee pot or tea pot. I cant find anything like it. I was told it was an oil lamp refiller. Still cant find anything like it.

I will post the other picture I have of the marking that is underneath it. I think it is by the Benedict Manufacturing Company but cant find anything posted on the internet that was made by them that looks anything like this either.

Does anyone have any clue??

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maryjo1975

This is the marking under the can.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 5:35PM
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lindac

It's a cocktail shaker missing the top cover and the cover for the spout.

Here is a link that might be useful: shaker

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 5:39PM
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maryjo1975

Thank you!! Thats very cool! After doing a little more searching it seems its from the 1920's or so. Thank you for pointing me in the right direction!!!

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 11:24PM
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sombreuil_mongrel

I wonder if it is made of Brittania Metal?
Casey

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 5:31PM
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lindac

Very VERY unlikely...Gin picks up lead from britannia...
Most likely silver plate.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 6:28PM
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sombreuil_mongrel

There's not 'sposta be lead in Brittania.
Casey

    Bookmark   September 6, 2012 at 10:19PM
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bulldinkie

I just bought a copper one and was told its a lamp oil filler,in old times you fill up lamps as they run out of oil,.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2012 at 3:02PM
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justlinda

Found this tidbit of info....notice it says that they produced cocktail shakers. So my guess is that this is probably what the above item is. IMHO.

"Benedict Proctor was a producer of silver plated tea and coffee services and other silver plated gift and table wares. They probably decided to increase sales by offering their copper items with a clear lacquered finish instead of silver plated. Most have rather crudely cast silver-coloured metal mounts (Britannia Metal?). They made a range of items including tea and coffee pots, cocktail shakers, various bread/cake baskets and trays, bon-bons, etc."

    Bookmark   September 7, 2012 at 7:05PM
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lindac

An oil lamp filler is very different from a cocktail shaker....it has a very small spout.
Not supposed to be lead in Britannia....but there were no standards. Besides this shaker greatly post dates the Britannia period.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2012 at 9:42PM
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bulldinkie

No identical to this only copper.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2012 at 10:09PM
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