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I was in a antique store recently in Pennsylvania and spotted a Shell Triangular shaped oil can. It looked like it was re-painted yellow with red lettering. Also was embossed and had a brass cap on top with "SHELL" embossed in to the cap and stood about 12" tall. I believe it to be from Europe and although I've never seen one like it before it was a nice looking can and was in the $300 price range. I should have taken a picture but regret that now. Have searched the net since then and it looks like shell and mobil both had cans like that but they are in the $1200 to $2000 price range with no embossed. Just wondering if anyone on here has any of these style cans in their collections or could enlighten me on them?

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Re: Triangular oil can
Wrench man #720723 Wed Dec 05 2018 06:56 PM
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Not sure I’ve ever heard of an embossed triangle can in the way you describe it, but I’d steer clear of a repainted one. The triangle cans you’ve found on the internet are from the Czech Republic. Mobiloil made one that I know of while Shell has quite a few (possibly more than ten). Sadly, according to a Czech friend of mine, they are now being faked, as well. Without a picture, though, I can’t say one way or another what you are taking about.


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Thanks for the info RedHat. The can is in my opinion too "perfect" to be old and why would any one repaint a oil can? With the price range it's in compared to the others I assumed something was up with it. Also there was no other markings or print on the can like oil weight or volume capacity, nothing just "Shell". I found that odd also. Was in a booth with alot of other nice older petroliana products that appeared to be original.

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Wrench man #721127 Tue Dec 11 2018 01:45 PM
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I had a Mobile can like this from Europe.

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Gasolinecollector01 #721132 Tue Dec 11 2018 02:40 PM
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Yes, I have seen pics of the Mobil can on the net.

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Wrench man #721195 Wed Dec 12 2018 03:51 PM
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Great can!


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Wrench man #721205 Wed Dec 12 2018 05:04 PM
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was that something like this one ?

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there a lot ov different version of the triangular shell ones see this website : http://www.shellmobilia.com/?page_id=264

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Wrench man #721234 Thu Dec 13 2018 07:24 AM
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No but I do like that can also. I'll try and put picture of can similar to what I saw.

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Wrench man #728704 Thu Apr 25 2019 02:05 PM
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I have 2 like this! Got em 35 years ago!


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Gasolinecollector01 #728707 Thu Apr 25 2019 02:23 PM
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Me 2! A great can for sure..


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