Sewing Machine Sperm Oil

Description
Sperm whale oil is very light and fine, and it has a low freezing point. As a result, it was used to lubricate fine machinery such as clocks, watches, and sewing machines from colonial times into the 20th century.
Object Name
Sperm whale sewing machine oil
Date made
1870-1880
maker
Donnell Company
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
cork (stopper material)
paper (label material)
Measurements
overall: 5 in x 1 3/4 in x 1 1/4 in; 12.7 cm x 4.445 cm x 3.175 cm
Place Made
United States: Missouri, Saint Louis
ID Number
2007.0084.1
catalog number
2007.0084.1
accession number
2007.0084
subject
Transportation
Natural Resources
Work
Cultures & Communities
Industry & Manufacturing
On the Water exhibit
event
The Development of the Industrial United States
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Work and Industry: Maritime
On the Water exhibit
Exhibition
On the Water
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Robin Davis, Poseyville IN
Publication title
On the Water online exhibition
Publication URL
http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthewater

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