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Object Name VIAL
Catalog Number 0985.13.00183
Description Vial: Cylindrical wooden mailing tube with tin screw cap and wooden plug base, containing a glass vial of grease. The exterior surface of the tube is irregularly blemished; the interior is lightly lined with a felted material; and its tin cap is stamped, "U.S. MAILING CASE CO / FEATHERWEIGHT / MAIDEN, MASS". Paper label adhered to one side of cylinder, on which is printed along top edge of paper (oriented sideways): "VERNAL REMEDY CO. / LE ROY, N. Y.". The blank portion of the label is inscribed in ink, now largely illegible, "Turkey ... H. H. Hibble." Within the tube is a glass vial, stoppered with a cork, and around the neck of which is tied a white cotton string. Within the vial is a slightly yellowish grease.
Dimensions L-4 inches
Owned H. F. Hibble
Made tube: U.S. Mailing Case Comany, Featherweight, Maiden, Massachusetts
Provenance Vial of turkey oil used to grease the firing mechanism of the gun of Mr. H.F. Hibble. Hibble went to the defense of Richmond with his sons in 1861 against McClellan's army. Hibble was honorably discharged from the Confederate Army in 1862. His son was killed before Petersburg in 1864.

H. F. Hibble may be Henry Hibble of Gloucester, Virginia (1818-).
People Hibble, H. F.
Hibble, Henry (tentative)
Subjects Civilians
men
Oils & fats
Firearms