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#460385 - Mon Sep 02 2013 11:24 PM Antique galvanized Conoco 55 gallon drum.
timeandabottle Offline
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Registered: Sat Mar 23 2013
Loc: Utah
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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Description: Continental 55 Gallon Oil Drum

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#460390 - Mon Sep 02 2013 11:59 PM Re: Antique galvanized Conoco 55 gallon drum. [Re: timeandabottle]
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No Bling, $25-50
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#460393 - Tue Sep 03 2013 12:26 AM Re: Antique galvanized Conoco 55 gallon drum. [Re: Dick Bennett]
timeandabottle Offline
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Registered: Sat Mar 23 2013
Loc: Utah
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!

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#460394 - Tue Sep 03 2013 12:50 AM Re: Antique galvanized Conoco 55 gallon drum. [Re: timeandabottle]
Dick Bennett Offline
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Registered: Wed Oct 25 2000
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Nice Plant Stand!
Someone removed the Brass Tag that was soldered on end.

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#460395 - Tue Sep 03 2013 01:17 AM Re: Antique galvanized Conoco 55 gallon drum. [Re: Dick Bennett]
Dave's Garage Offline
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Registered: Mon Dec 05 2011
Loc: Abbotsford, British Columbia, ...
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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#460665 - Tue Sep 03 2013 11:38 PM Re: Antique galvanized Conoco 55 gallon drum. [Re: Dave's Garage]
timeandabottle Offline
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Registered: Sat Mar 23 2013
Loc: Utah
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!

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#460666 - Tue Sep 03 2013 11:40 PM Re: Antique galvanized Conoco 55 gallon drum. [Re: timeandabottle]
timeandabottle Offline
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Registered: Sat Mar 23 2013
Loc: Utah
Still hoping somebody can help me with the lettering and numbering and to their meaning. Thanks in advance!

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#460737 - Wed Sep 04 2013 12:19 PM Re: Antique galvanized Conoco 55 gallon drum. [Re: timeandabottle]
carolinaskies Offline
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Registered: Tue Feb 08 2011
Loc: Upstate SC, USA
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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#460755 - Wed Sep 04 2013 01:13 PM Re: Antique galvanized Conoco 55 gallon drum. [Re: carolinaskies]
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Registered: Tue Jul 25 2000
Loc: South of St. Louis, MO USA
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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#460765 - Wed Sep 04 2013 02:03 PM Re: Antique galvanized Conoco 55 gallon drum. [Re: timeandabottle]
coopersplace Offline
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Registered: Thu Nov 19 2009
Loc: Alberta, Canada
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.

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#460788 - Wed Sep 04 2013 03:29 PM Re: Antique galvanized Conoco 55 gallon drum. [Re: coopersplace]
Dick Bennett Offline
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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.
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#460956 - Thu Sep 05 2013 09:58 AM Re: Antique galvanized Conoco 55 gallon drum. [Re: Dick Bennett]
timeandabottle Offline
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Registered: Sat Mar 23 2013
Loc: Utah
Thanks all

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