Thu, Jun 28, 2018 10:00AM EDT
American, late 19th century. A silverplated advertising match safe for Inland Oil Co. in the form of a barrel, one side with a polar bear reading Polar Grease / Anti Hot Box, the other side reading Tropic Cylinder Oil / 100 Miles Per Pint, with striker, labeled for the company on both ends, unmarked; ht. 2 5/8, wd. 2 in.
Inland Oil Co. had offices in Cincinnati and St. Louis. One of their most popular products was Polar Grease, which was lubricant designed to prevent a "hot box" (an overheated axle bearing on a railroad car). Polar Grease was marketed as the "hot box cure".