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Object ID 002437

Object Name J.A. Harps Kerosene Drum

Object Desc Metal 5 gallon drum with punctured screw cap, swinging handle with wooden grip, second rotating handle, and raising/lowering vent. Originally contained Kerosene.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002193a-b

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Household Items


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Garage Exhibit

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords cans,Kerosene,J.A. Harps Mfg. Co.,

Title J.A. Harps Kerosene Drum

Description Metal 5-gallon drum with swinging handle with wooden grip, punctured metal cap for pouring, rainsing and lowering vent, and rotating second handle. Label reads: "5 gallons, the never-fail, for kerosene, J.J. Harps Mfg. Co., patented May 9, 1893, other patents pending." Includes directions and company guarantee.


Approx Collection Date

Height 14.5

Length 0

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 11

Circumference 35

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Height is 18.50" when handle is raised.

Quantity 2



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker J.A. Harps Mfg. Co.

Maker Details The J.A. Harps Manufacturing Company was located at Fifth Street and Lyndon Avenue and was formed March, 1902, for the manufacturing of the Never Fail Oil Can, which was invented by Mr. Eugene Arnott, a member of the firm. Mr. Harps purchased the rights, title and interest of the original patents.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY2193



Date JUN 6,2014

Summary Fair

Assessor Dylan Kite

Notes Considerable grime accumulation and wear. label appears to be taped on, wear to label, illegible writing on bottom.