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Old 12-24-2009, 07:18 PM
 
Location: In a happy place
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Can anyone help with this?

We were visiting today with our DIL's grandmother and she showed us an item she had recently received. It had been found in a farm shed. The glass portion is about the size of a gallon jar, but much heavier glass. The metal part is cast aluminum and there is what appears to be a mounting bracket attached to it, although there are no holes in that part. The metal part consists of the part that screws onto the glass and a spring loaded sleeve that slides over it. there are 4 small holes in the end of the sleeve and a rod that passes through into the other part. A double cone slides on the rod and when the sleeve is pulled out completely the cone ALMOST seals the opening, but not quite.

There is no residue of any sort on or inside the jar, so it appears that maybe it had water in it, but we can't figure out how it worked.

Any help would be much appreciated.
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Old 12-24-2009, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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It almost looks, if you turned it upside down, like a poultry waterer or feeder (can't tell without seeing it in real life). From your description, I'd think waterer.
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Old 12-24-2009, 11:21 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Maybe waterer, but the heavy glass makes me think something more like an oiler or something holding a flammable liquid or a liquid not at standard air pressure. Good news is the aluminum means it is probably 1930s or later.
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Old 12-25-2009, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Finally escaped The People's Republic of California
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I agree with Harry, we have the same exact thing at the Oil refinery for maintaining an oil level in a pump... Just pull it off, fill it up and don't worry about oil level for a few days......works just like a automatic water bowl for dogs and cats
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Old 12-25-2009, 05:39 PM
 
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Probably a demijohn.
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Old 12-25-2009, 10:50 PM
 
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Are there any numbers, letters, or identifying descriptions anywhere on the item?
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Old 12-26-2009, 01:44 AM
 
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I spent hours looking online and found nothing but this site that may help.
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