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Object ID # 2004.006.007ab
Object Name Lubricator-sizer
Title Gun Oiler
Lexicon category 5: T&E For Science & Technology
Date Late 19th-century?
Year Range to 1891
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description Gun oiling tool (firearm accoutrement, usually called an "oiler"). It has a smooth-walled, cylindrical, pocket-sized case (all brass) which would hold oil for cleaning rifles. It has a fixed tool, which uses a knurled-edged, threaded end cap as its handle. No maker's identification or stamping (likely pre-dates 1891), but it looks very much like British gun oiling tools.



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Makers mark None
Provenance Unknown manufacturer (possibly a British factory prior to 1891 as it lacks a country of origin mark). Belonged to and was used by James P. Telford (an officer of the 31st Grey Battalion). He became a Major in 1887. He served continuously in the Canadian Militia for 38 years. He was later Lt.-Colonel of the 31st Grey Regiment from 1894 to 1900.

The next owner of the item (until 1990) was one of his grandsons, Murray McCallum Telford.

The last owner was Murray's wife, Dorothy A. Telford of Owen Sound.
Collection Firearms & Accoutrements, 19th-c Collection
Material Brass/Metal
Dimensions L-9.1 Dia-2 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Telford, Dorothy A.
Telford, James P.

Telford, Murray
Search Terms 31st Grey Battalion of Infantry
Function A pocket-sized container and tool for oiling a rifle. It is a factory-made item, that belonged to a Grey County marksman, hunter and long-time militia officer, who used rifles (he joined the Leith Rifles militia unit in 1863). It likely pre-dates 1891 as it has no factory / country of origin info stamped on it.