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    Posted: May 09 2016 at 2:56am
Can anybody identify this oil bottle which I bought at a flea market last week? 

It is 5.75 inches in length and its lid with internal oil dipper is exactly the same as that of a standard Mk.IV.  Its base is stamped with the B.S.A. logo and there is also a "40" stamped into the side of its body which is one long oil chamber.  It fits well into the butt-trap of and S.M.L.E. but then leaves insufficient space for a pull-through.

I have placed a standard Mk.IV oil bottle below it for comparison.

 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote paddyofurniture Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 09 2016 at 8:42am
Never seen one like it, very cool.
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From a "Long Lee"?Clown
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^^ well it is longer  so it seems fitting
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ive not seen one either , im thinking machine gun maybe ? but only speculating here , 
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Hi All,

Thanks for the replies.  Unfortunately, I rather doubt that the oil bottle was intended for a machine gun.  Most of the British versions that I have previously come across are of the "can" variety with a larger capacity and none had dimensions which would enable them to fit into a rifle's butt-trap.

It is also different to the standard patterns which were intended for the "Long Lee"  namely, the oiler Mks. I, II and III. All of these were shorter with the Mks. I and II having different stoppers.  The nearest design similarity is to the Mk.IV which was introduced in 1906 in the era of the S.M.L.E.  It has a similar stopper and flat base.

I believe that the mystery remains and any suggstions would be most welcome!  

Terry
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