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item # 271115050134
some one wants this oil can bad, Bob
$202.50 was the final bid.
Why did that one sell for so much, I was told the expensive ones had patent numbers and mfg on the top around the spout. I bought one couple of months ago with the writing around the spout for $50, then one without writing sold for over 100.00 after that.
It looks like the relatively common one to me and I have several like it. It is my understanding too that the oil can with the writing on top and the bayonet style connection is the early one. What happens a lot with these things on ebay, is person #1 sees something they want and do not want to get outbid. So they put in a proxy bid of $201.50. Then person #2 comes along, not liking to get outbid, and bids $301.00. Person #2 wins the item at one dollar more than what person #1 bid: $202.50. Itís a case of two rich fools meeting in the road.
David -- You are correct, the ones with the patent date typically are high-dollar. I've seen several sell for over $200. But I expect Rick is right about this one. I often do what he described when I want something on ebay, bid way more than it's worth to be sure I get it and hope no one else does the same. It appears that two guys did that this time.
His other oilcans didn't do as well if you look at his completed auctions. Dang, I need to sell a few of mine!
I must have gotten lucky as I bought one for around $50.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/FORD-OIL-TIN-MODEL-T-FORD-/160911950107?_trksid=p2047675 .l2557&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&nma=true&si=pfCnp2cjUNnbMLwR5xkYIsdm2Rc%3D&orig_ cvip=true&rt=nc
There are examples with 2 patent different dates on this type Noera oil can. One with an April 4, 1908 date, and one with an April 14, 1908. Not sure why, or if one is rarer than the other.
While commonly accepted as "brass era T," the MTFCI Judging Standards states that the bayonet-type can with the dates & mfr. was used throughout the T years. The common thread-top type, I therefore surmise, was used during the A and V-8 era.
Charles -- I have seen those two dates as well. I just figured they left out the "1" on the Apr. 4th date and it was a "typo". But I don't know that, of course. Here are some of the early cans, two with new copper plating.