I wonder why Webley made these original pre-war oil cans non-refillable given the relative complexity of the valve spout system ? Even the post-war twin cap spout system would have been preferable to having to dispose of the can once the contents had been used. If I'm not mistaken, I believe Webley actually did offer such a can for a very short time prior to opting for the valve spout alternative.
How can you tell teh label isnt original?
Air Arms TX200 .177, Weihrauch HW80 .22
Webley Mk1 .177, Gamo Compact
Trouble is, this is no use if you are buying over the internet.
These replica Webley Vavespout oil cans are relatively scarce, but I wouldn't place them anywhere near the same collectable class as the real thing, which are scarcer than a scarce thing, and fetch in the region of £400+ on the rare occasion they are offered for sale.
They make a good alternative to complete a cased pistol set or cased Service Rifle set, but there aren't many being made.
I don't know how many Dave Lewis has made, but it won't be many. Some were made by another Webley enthusiast some years ago, but again, I don't know how many.
I've sold twenty of my replicas, but have difficulty in sourcing the donor cans I use, so future sales are unpredictable.
I have to say I'm surprised at the £90 bid so far for the can under discussion, as is it's original maker.
£94 plus £5.95 postage.
Clearly the higher bidder thought it was real (can't say winning bidder as I don't see any 'win' in this situation), or maybe he wanted a replica tin so badly that he would pay any price for it.
I collect vintage Japanese air rifles & vintage Japanese pellets
Information sought about antique firearms with Japanese markings, do you have one ?
I wish that I could afford/find an original, but till then I am happy with this one made by a member on here
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I note that what looks like a post-war first pattern Webley oil can and an original Slant Grip Senior box are also listed for auction.
There is some time to go on both, but quite a bit of interest in the oil can which I would expect to realise at least £100.
Happy New Year
It's starting to look like collectable accessories are starting to cost as much as air guns themselves.