German Luftwaffe WWII MG 15 Oiler: Steel with Markings
Original Item: The most elaborate and expensively made oiler you will ever see. We found a few of these among our MG 15 German aircraft machine gun parts. Each oiler is 3.0 x 7.5 x 12.0 cm and holds 250 ml of oil. It is closed with a machined brass cap. The most distinguishing feature is the folding, curved spout. The spout is about 11 cm long and folds into a groove along one side of the can when not in use. An elaborate hinge of machined brass provides a path for the oil to flow from the reservoir to the spout. Tension on the hinge is adjustable. On all but one sample, the bottom of the hinge mechanism is protected by a small metal flap. Construction is either of brass or plated steel.
We?ve divided these oilers into groups based on their material and markings. Most have a Luftwaffe inspection stamp (the Luftwaffe equivalent of the Heer?s Waffenamt stamp) on the oiler flap, indicating inspection by Office 1 of the Inspectorate. The stamp consists of a simplified eagle with wings down, enclosing a stylized L and the numeral 1. The stylized L stands for Luftwaffe. We have VERY FEW OF THESE oilers. We?ve divided the oilers according to material and marking as follows:
TYPE1: Plated Steel With Eagle And Other Marking The side is stamped with a raised J DEAL and underneath that, D. R. G. M., which stands for Deutsches Reich Gebrauchsmuster (German Reich Registered Design). We assume J DEAL was the manufacturer, although we can?t find a reference to him in the standard sources. Only the steel oilers have the J DEAL and D. R. G. M. marking.
TYPE 2: Plated Steel Without Eagle But With Other Marking The side is stamped with a raised J DEAL and underneath that, D. R. G. M., which stands for Deutsches Reich Gebrauchsmuster (German Reich Registered Design). We assume J DEAL was the manufacturer, although we can?t find a reference to this firm in the standard sources.
For cans marked with an EAGLE (type 1) please choose SPECIAL HAND SELECT and write "Deluxe Marked" in comment filed at order checkout.
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