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What is this? Brillian Bronze Gasolene #738931
Thu Nov 14 2019 08:17 PM
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The estate liquidator going through my father's things is baffled by this thing, and so am I.

The object in the picture is about 8 or 9 inches long. The liquidator thinks it's made of wood, but, based on its very fine 'grainy' texture, I think it's made of some kind of lightweight ceramic or clay.

I know that Brilliant Bronze Gasolene was part of the Johnson Oil Company.

Does anyone have any idea what this might be? What might it be worth?

I'd greatly appreciate any thoughts you all could share!

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Re: What is this? Brillian Bronze Gasolene [Re: NadirParade] #738938
Thu Nov 14 2019 10:38 PM
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a small knife sharpening giveaway comes to mind? Of course that is based on your description (ceramic or clay)?? Just a thought.

Re: What is this? Brillian Bronze Gasolene [Re: NadirParade] #738939
Fri Nov 15 2019 12:39 AM
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Could it be an envelope opener??


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Re: What is this? Brillian Bronze Gasolene [Re: coltex] #738941
Fri Nov 15 2019 07:59 AM
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Originally Posted by coltex
a small knife sharpening giveaway comes to mind? Of course that is based on your description (ceramic or clay)?? Just a thought.


Possibly! Thank you very much!

Originally Posted by Speedracer
Could it be an envelope opener??


It's maybe a centimeter thick and not sharp, but that was a great guess! Thank you so much!

Re: What is this? Brillian Bronze Gasolene [Re: NadirParade] #738942
Fri Nov 15 2019 08:38 AM
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It's a knife sharpener

Re: What is this? Brillian Bronze Gasolene [Re: Tankar] #738950
Fri Nov 15 2019 01:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Tankar
It's a knife sharpener


Thank you for the input! I'm thinking that you're right.

Re: What is this? Brillian Bronze Gasolene [Re: NadirParade] #739011
Sat Nov 16 2019 04:48 PM
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I've had one of these Brilliant Bronze station giveaway items in my collection in the past. As some of the guys have indicated, it's definitely a knife sharpening stone. It is made of very hard stone (not ceramic or clay). The material was similar or the same as those whetstones used for sharpening a woodworking chisel or woodworking plane iron. Mine was is used condition, like yours. I wound up selling it at Iowa Gas five or six years ago. I recall it sat on my swap table for quite awhile, even though it is "Johnson-related". Probably would have sold much quicker, if it had a winged hourglass logo on it! Of course, that logo wasn't used in Brilliant Bronze marketing. I believe I sold it somewhere in the $40 to $45 range. John

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Re: What is this? Brillian Bronze Gasolene [Re: Jolly-John] #739017
Sat Nov 16 2019 08:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Jolly-John
I've had one of these Brilliant Bronze station giveaway items in my collection in the past. As some of the guys have indicated, it's definitely a knife sharpening stone. It is made of very hard stone (not ceramic or clay). The material was similar or the same as those whetstones used for sharpening a woodworking chisel or woodworking plane iron. Mine was is used condition, like yours. I wound up selling it at Iowa Gas five or six years ago. I recall it sat on my swap table for quite awhile, even though it is "Johnson-related". Probably would have sold much quicker, if it had a winged hourglass logo on it! Of course, that logo wasn't used in Brilliant Bronze marketing. I believe I sold it somewhere in the $40 to $45 range. John


Thank you so much for all this info, John! I'll let the estate liquidator know.


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