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Knires
02-16-2012, 11:29 PM
Hello guys. I found this in my great uncles old machine shop and was wondering what it was for. Does anybody have an idea? The lightbulb shaped section and all the brass grabbed my attention hanging on a nail behind some old cords and belts.

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gary hart
02-16-2012, 11:44 PM
Steam line lubricator (oiler) for a steam engine

Knires
02-17-2012, 12:00 AM
Thanks Gary. That was really fast!

I just googled it and saw one pretty close to mine turned into a lamp. I'd doubt I'll ever use it for it's intended purpose so I may have think of a decorative piece as well.

tdmidget
02-17-2012, 12:07 AM
Well there ARE people out there who restore such engines and who MIGHT NEED something like this. Maybe that would be a better use for it.

J. R. Williams
02-17-2012, 12:35 AM
The unit is missing the sight glass tube.

J Tiers
02-17-2012, 12:36 AM
The unit is missing the sight glass tube.

Not hard to replace..... Lee Pederson Co.........

Carld
02-17-2012, 10:12 AM
I agree that it would be better to sell it to someone that NEEDS it rather than make a decoration out of it. The problem is finding someone that really wants to use it and not buy it and make a lamp out of it as you may do.

Knires
02-17-2012, 10:17 AM
Well there ARE people out there who restore such engines and who MIGHT NEED something like this. Maybe that would be a better use for it.

Yeah, I'll check with my local metalworking group to see if anybody could use this sort of thing. I haven't heard of any of the members being interested in restoring steam engines, but I've never asked either.

If SOMEBODY here is interested in it and going to use it for restoration, let me know by all means :)

Optics Curmudgeon
02-17-2012, 10:26 AM
These folks: http://woodgears.ca/steam_museum/ seem to have some room left in the box for yours. Scroll down to the 17th photo.

JCHannum
02-17-2012, 10:35 AM
You will find a buyer at the Smokstack site. Here is a current discussion there on lubricators.

http://www.smokstak.com/forum/showthread.php?t=101455

Knires
02-17-2012, 10:55 AM
Thanks for the links. If I can't find someone local who wants it for a project with my local metalworking group I'll ship it out to the museum. Too bad that museum isn't close to me, it looks interesting.

Steam power isn't an area I've gotten involved with yet. Too many other projects!

PTSideshow
02-17-2012, 11:05 AM
You might as well sell it and keep the money as the museum today are more likely to "loose it" read that a member borrows it for good. If they don't sell it. We had a guy with a museum at the NAMES expo's that would have all the items that were donated from people for sale. At all the shows he attended.
As JC said go to The Stak you should find somebody that can use it and out your way there should be a local steam tractor person that might have an interest.
Don't make it into a lamp, depending on the name and number on it it could be pricey!
:D