Bottle of finest sperm whale oil

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Bottle of finest sperm whale oil
Bottle made of glass, contents of whale oil

Donated by Mr A. W. Dewar
Museum number 2007-14

Whale oil was used for heating, cooking and lighting until coal gas became widely used in the middle of the 19th century. The label on this bottle says it the finest sperm whale sewing machine oil, which indicates the oil was used to lubricate the mechanism on a sewing machine.

Bottle of finest sperm whale oil
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