Market Lavington Museum

A linseed oil container

Our records inform us that this item contained linseed oil and was kept on a woodworker’s bench .

A finger dab of the oil was used to lubricate the surface of tools such as wooden planes.

The favoured method of producing such homemade containers was to use an empty coconut shell, mounted on a wooden block. This one is said to date from between 1901 and 1930.