Petrol Can

Discussion in 'WW2 Militaria' started by redtop, Aug 15, 2015.

  1. redtop

    redtop Well-Known Member

    Found this Petrol can whilst clearing out a garage.

    Raised and Embossed on top .Petroleum spirit highly inflammable

    Body tin, Cap and ferrule brass with two raised drilled nibs on cap..

    10 inches wide,6inches deep 11 inches high.

    Just wondered if this was WW2 before intro of jerry can?

    If so would it be of interest to Re-enactment groups?

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  2. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    Could be WW1 - the 2 gallon cans go back to some the earliest regulations for storage of petrol (that's probably why it refers to petroleum spirit - 'petrol' was originally a brand). WD and Air Ministry ones are usually marked as such and dated so this is is probably a civilian one, but they were identical in practical terms. I've got a 1953 dated one, so they weren't inherently bad kit, just not as good as the jerrican.
  3. redtop

    redtop Well-Known Member

    Hi Idler
    No Gov. arrowhead.
    WW1 that would make it more interesting.
    The holes in nibs on cap look like they could be for a wire seal tho. nothing corresponding on top to tie into.
  4. Lotus7

    Lotus7 Well-Known Member

    Hi Redtop, it may be of no help but, (as a young boy growing up in Essex in the very early fifties ) I can recall seeing cans similar to yours.
    My father was a motor/lorry mechanic after the war and I used to see him topping up the vehicles with petrol with cans. Now I'm not sure if they where Esso or Shell cans. I remember him buying cans from verious petrol stations and filling them up.
    This of course may be of no help. But ?


    PS. Brought back happy memories thank you.
  5. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Is there no maker's name or date on the base ?

    The holes in the cap are usual. Presumably a tag around the handle to indicate that it was unopened.
  6. redtop

    redtop Well-Known Member

    Lotus Seven
    Well the Garage is in Essex

    Thanks for the suggestion ,bottom quite rusted and of ribbed construction gave it a rub with sandpaper and found markings between ribs
    VALOR 4 P
  7. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Valor certainly made government contract cans - This is the base of my December 1939 WD marked example.

  8. Lotus7

    Lotus7 Well-Known Member

    hi Redtop I think Valor 4 P was a product of Esso petroleum

  9. Lotus7

    Lotus7 Well-Known Member

    The P signified petroleum spirit , the number signified ie petrol, paraffin ect, I think

  10. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

  11. Lotus7

    Lotus7 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the link Rich, I stand corrected, Shell and not Esso. My memory is not as good as I thought, must be getting old.............

  12. redtop

    redtop Well-Known Member

    Thanks Lotus Seven .
    base of can same as your pic.apart from lettering.
    Interesting link..

    The can came from a house in Romford Essex that was used as a Home Guard HQ
    so guess 50 /50 chance of it being used by HG
    ,In the garden of the house was an air raid shelter (Anderson type dug in ),It contained a suitcase of clothes of the era and newspaper cuttings following the wars progress.
  13. Lotus7

    Lotus7 Well-Known Member

    I wonder what they would find if they uncovered my grandads Anderson shelter. My father told us tales of many things that he put in there. I can not remember the name of the garage dad worked for but it was in Woodford, I think it's a housing estate now.
    When we cleared Mum and Dad's house recently, in the shed was the old metal funnel I use to hold when he put petrol in the tank. Sadly if think it went into the skip.
    Once again thanks for taking me down memory lane.


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