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Antique galvanized Conoco 55 gallon drum. #460385
Mon Sep 02 2013 09:24 PM
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I collect so much stuff that I'm decent at all but not an expert at any!. With that said, can anybody help with the rarity and or value of this old galvanized Conoco 55 gallon drum. It is a Continental Oil Co. that I found at an estate sale and couldn't pass it up! Any guess as to the 4-17 meaning or the other lettering? April, 1917? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Continental 55 Gallon Oil Drum

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Re: Antique galvanized Conoco 55 gallon drum. [Re: timeandabottle] #460390
Mon Sep 02 2013 09:59 PM
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No Bling, $25-50

Re: Antique galvanized Conoco 55 gallon drum. [Re: Dick Bennett] #460393
Mon Sep 02 2013 10:26 PM
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Well, that's OK, I paid less than that and am keeping it so all is good. I appreciate your help though. I do think it's real cool though. Are they that common? I love it and the few friends that have dropped in this weekend go right to it and love it also. I guess it's all in the eye of the beholder!

Re: Antique galvanized Conoco 55 gallon drum. [Re: timeandabottle] #460394
Mon Sep 02 2013 10:50 PM
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Nice Plant Stand!
Someone removed the Brass Tag that was soldered on end.

Re: Antique galvanized Conoco 55 gallon drum. [Re: Dick Bennett] #460395
Mon Sep 02 2013 11:17 PM
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They take as much room as a gas pump and like DB stated add no bling to a room/collection.

Almost a hundred years old and only worth $50.00 (on a good day)....that in itself should answer all questions and remove all doubt.


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Re: Antique galvanized Conoco 55 gallon drum. [Re: Dave's Garage] #460665
Tue Sep 03 2013 09:38 PM
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Nice outside piece sandwiched near by my old Wayne 515, my rare Pennzoil oval sign with round P's and O's in it's original frame, and my old oval gas pump green light thus making a nice little display! Valuable or not, I don't care! Looks good and completes the scene as one may have encountered it 100 years ago! More emphasis needs to go on looking cool and not just how much it costs or is worth in my humble opinion! I still have the first bottle I dug over 20 years ago (E.D. Pinaud-Paris) and I'll never get rid of it even though it's worth about a buck, one a good day!

Re: Antique galvanized Conoco 55 gallon drum. [Re: timeandabottle] #460666
Tue Sep 03 2013 09:40 PM
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Still hoping somebody can help me with the lettering and numbering and to their meaning. Thanks in advance!

Re: Antique galvanized Conoco 55 gallon drum. [Re: timeandabottle] #460737
Wed Sep 04 2013 10:19 AM
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I think you're right that the 4/17 is a date code.. March 1917... but I don't know what the other might be.

Maybe a container code and 5 might be a volume designation?


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Re: Antique galvanized Conoco 55 gallon drum. [Re: carolinaskies] #460755
Wed Sep 04 2013 11:13 AM
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That barrel's design is pretty sophisticated for 1917. There were riveted metal and wooden oil tanks at that time. There are other reasons to mark manufactured products other than dates, such as the manufacturer, the specific factory and the machine that made it. The most valuable info was on the disc that is now missing.


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Re: Antique galvanized Conoco 55 gallon drum. [Re: timeandabottle] #460765
Wed Sep 04 2013 12:03 PM
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The CC-5 might possibly mean Continental Can Company plant number 5. If it was a can produced in 1917 they might have used just the CC back then rather than the usual CCC that you see on later cans. The can manufacturing company does goes back to 1904 though I have not seen any early cans to verify the CC usage. As far as I am aware of Continental Can had no connection to Continental Oil except for maybe supplying some their containers. Cheers, Don.

Re: Antique galvanized Conoco 55 gallon drum. [Re: coopersplace] #460788
Wed Sep 04 2013 01:29 PM
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I'm with JP on the date of barrel, made many years after 1917 Guesstimate.
In the late 20's early 30's arc welding replaced riveting.

Re: Antique galvanized Conoco 55 gallon drum. [Re: Dick Bennett] #460956
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Thanks all


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