ITEM# 02252011-5
Description  Original Can for Fiebing's Neatsfoot Oil Compound, ca. 1895
Price $ 45.00

Original can for neatsfoot oil compound, as used in an array of civilian and military leather lubrication applications in the nineteenth century. This example is a screwtop 1 gallon can of typical nineteenth century construction, with no double-seams and much solder used in its assembly. A metal screwcap is still in place on the can's top, as is a rolled-seam handle. A wonderful black, yellow, and red label identifies the contents as "Fiebing's / Prime / Neatsfoot / Oil / Compound / Manufactured By / Fiebing Chemical Co / [illegible--though it would be 'Milwaukee, Wis.']" Label, though nicked and abraded on its surface and chipped around the eges is nonetheless 95% intact, and is still quite colorful. The tinned iron can itself could use a good cleaning, with both light rust and product spillage darkening much of the exterior. Perhaps 1/4 can of solidified contents remains. Fiebings was launched in 1895, and double-seam can construction gradually came into widespread use after 1900, so a top-end date of manufacture for this piece is probably around 1910. Despite some label damage, this piece is still in great shape for a century-old product container!