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.
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
ID Number
2007.0084.1
catalog number
2007.0084.1
accession number
2007.0084
Credit Line
Gift of Robin Davis, Poseyville IN
related event
The Development of the Industrial United States
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Work and Industry: Maritime
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Cultures & Communities
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
On the Water exhibit
Transportation
Exhibition
On the Water
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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