It turns out to be a Perfect Pocket Oiler, patented in 1889, that was manufactured by Cushman & Denison of New York. The little gizmos were sold to dispense tiny drops of oil on household machinery, such as bicycles and sewing machines. Unlike typical oilcans, the Perfect Pocket Oiler has some nice details. 1. The oil reservoir is all one piece so it cannot leak. Most oilcans are made from a base piece that is folded together with the sides. And they leak. 2. Instead of the oiler being just a reservoir and a nozzle, this has a clever spring-activated pump and seal. Nothing comes out of the tip until you press the ring around the nozzle down. Then capillary action dispenses a drop of oil. 3. A lid. So you can put it in your pocket without getting your privates or pants oily
4. Remington Arms Co, Perfect Pocket Oiler, Mint 5. This is the Remington version. Sold for use in both the Gun and Typewriter Division these oilers use a pump system patented by Cushman & Dennison at the turn of the century. A pull back with two fingers on the collar inside deposits a single perfect drop of oil just where you want it. Non leak gasket seal prevents oil from seaping out into your pocket or gun case. Very unique item, a replica cartridge base is used for the bottom. An interesting accessory for any Remington Rifle or typewriter! This one says "Perfect" Pocket Oiler, and inside just under the pump it says Made in USA, I see no other markings. Hard to come by piece.
Excellent condition, appears that it has had little to no use.
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VINTAGE RATING CONDITION CHART: MINT: like new - no apparent wear NEAR MINT: minimal, gentle wear from aging, no notable flaws EXCELLENT: normal wear from aging, does not affect the wearing VERY GOOD: worn, minor noted flaws, does not affect the wearing GOOD worn and flawed only gentle wearing recommended CUTTER: flawed - for study or as a pattern template