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oops. scanning though a part of the forum, i see i've asked this same question here before, and gotten roughly the same answers. oh, well.

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over the years as i've acquired rifles, i've also acquired accoutrements.
so i have oiler bottles for the garand and the m1 carbine and the 1917 and the ar/16 and had a variety of oilers for the kar98 and ak/sks, (got rid of those).
and then there are these.
both appear to be soldered brass. the big one is about 3" across, and the handwritten sticker on the back says it's for the m1909 machine gun. i've also been told it was issued with the maxim and SKS. the big one's cap chain is round wire, the little one's chain is flat stamped metal, and it came with the leather pouch. there are no markings whatsoever. not identical workmanship, but very similar.
anyone actually know what these were for?

eta: i see there were two m1909 machine guns, the hotchkiss and the skoda. the hotchtkiss looks interesting.
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Might have been made in Providence RI...they were the brass manufacturing capital of the US in the 19th century.
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senorgrand wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:40 pm
Might have been made in Providence RI...they were the brass manufacturing capital of the US in the 19th century.
i'd be surprised if they were american, they have a very european feel (is that a thing?)

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Whiskey flasks?
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probably not a good idea. they smell of oil.

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All the brass stuff made in RI at the turn of the century (the last one) WAS made by Europeans (mostly Italians).
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lurker wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:55 pm
probably not a good idea. they smell of oil.
Whiskey and gun oil. Sounds like some bizarre aftershave.
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shinzen wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 2:14 pm
lurker wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:55 pm
probably not a good idea. they smell of oil.
Whiskey and gun oil. Sounds like some bizarre aftershave.
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Well there is a deodorant called "Shotguns & Shenanigans" so......
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hoppes is believed in some circles to be an aphrodisiac...
but let's pretend for a moment that they're not aftershave bottles from rhode island...

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I love these things.
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Marlene wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:28 pm
I love these things.
we all love a little mystery.
noted for future reference.

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I have one of those, and I don't remember where it's from. Will dig. It's a rifle oiler.

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i knew i couldn't be the only one with one of these.

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