Original Vintage Marble's Gun Cleaning Kit Nitro Solvent Oil Tin Can Lead Spout. For Sale
Original Vintage Marble's Gun Cleaning Kit WithNitro Solvent Oil Tin Can Lead Spout.
This is a very nice gun cleaning kit in very good +++ condition. The oil can and patches are full and probably unused. The little bottle of gun blue is empty as it has dried up a long time ago.
The jewel in this kitis the lead spout handy oiler oil can. This is a metal painted tin litho can and one of the earliest of the Marble's variety.
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know exactly what you are offerding on. Not Cleaned or polished at all by me. Sold
just as found. Stated postage is for the continental United States Only. Foreign
postage will be more and calculated at the end of the sale.
Webster Marble arrived in Gladstone, Michigan in 1887 and five years later
began manufacturing his first invention: Marble’s Universal Rifle Sight.
Recession and the “Panic of 1893” delayed further sight developments until 1902
when Marble introduced his Improved Front Sight, followed a year later by his
revolutionary Automatic Flexible Joint Rear Sight.
Improved Front Sight allowed shooters to see the bottom of their
target and discouraged aiming low.
Response to both sights was enthusiastic. Newel Rowley of Farious, New York
wrote: “The rear sight came all O.K. It is much ahead of the Lyman rear
sight…and when used with your Improved Front Sight and Savage Rifle, it is
By 1905, Marble’s tang sight was available in 37 sizes to fit Winchester,
Marlin, Savage, Stevens, Remington, Colt, Hopkins and Allen, and Ballard
rifles. As Marble put it, “This sight may be very easily attached to any rifle
Marble quickly added more sights to his line: a Standard post and bead along
with the patent Triple Bead in 1904, Marble’s Reversible in 1906, the Simplex (a
lower priced tang sight for .22’s) and an array of Sheard’s Gold sights in 1907,
the Duplex with flip-up bead in 1913, the Vickers Maxim globe sight in 1916, and
elegantly fashioned ivory and Pope’s Island Gold shotgun sights.
Full page ads in major sporting magazines gave Marble’s sights
world wide exposure and sales.
Marble’s Sporting Rear Sights with a white diamond adjustable sighting
notch, double step elevator and a choice of Flat Top, Semi-Buckhorn, or Full
Buckhorn uprights, it was the best selling rifle upgrade in the world. For
simplicity and economy, the Sporting Leaf Sight was unbeatable. All three are
still manufactured by Marble Arms today.
It was the most comprehensive line of rifle, pistol and shotgun sights in the
industry. Testimonials came from everywhere and Marble liberally sprinkled them
throughout his advertising.
“After a season’s thorough test of your front and rear sights, I consider
them the most decided improvement of the age…” F. E. Scotford, Chicago,
Marble did not overlook traditional rear sights. His little Adjustable Leaf
Sight featured a removable notch piece with four different sight pictures and a
fold down leaf. It quickly became the most popular replacement for ladder
sights on carbines.
Marble’s rear sights were best selling factory equipment
replacements. Today’s versions offer vintage styling with screw adjustable
windage controls for even more precise
The Gladstone, Michigan sight maker has long been a supplier of original
equipment sights to America’s gun makers, many of whom advertised Marble’s brand
sights as extra cost options, making the company both the preferred maker of
factory original sights and the sights that replace them.
Gun Sights have never been among Marble’s most glamorous products but they
have been its most enduring. While knives, axes, compasses, and matchboxes have
come, gone, and come again, sights have been the backbone of the company for
more than a century.
Underscoring the importance of gun sights to Marble’s bottom line is the
fact that more catalog pages were devoted to them than any other
For nearly 20 years, Marble’s Sighting Department was headed by “The
celebrated rifle shot” Captain Jack who installed new Marble’s sights and
targeted them free, provided the customer supplied the ammunition (unused
cartridges were returned). For non Marble’s sighted guns, the Captain charged a
$1.00 service fee. Captain Jack O’Connell held the job from 1905 to 1909 until
replaced by Captain Jack Hemple who stayed on until 1924.
After Webster Marble’s death in 1930, the sight line remained unchanged until
1968, when Marble’s began selling scopes. Featuring high quality Japanese
optics and a novel “right side up” reticle (sighting post pointed down from the
top instead of up from the bottom), they did not find favor with sportsmen and
were discontinued in 1979.
The company’s sight business expanded in 1983 with the purchase of
Poly-Choke, the industry leader in variable chokes, vent ribs, and shotgun
sights. As more and more hunters and shooters rediscovered the challenge and
satisfaction of mastering iron sights, Marble’s was perfectly positioned to fill
Today, Marble Arms manufactures an impressive lineup of traditional and
modern sights for every sporting arm and continues to supply factory equipment
sights for most American gun makers. As always, Marble’s products are all
steel, all American, and all Gladstone, Michigan U.S.A.
Webster Marble moves family to Gladstone, Michigan.
Marble founds Gladstone Exchange Bank and is President.
Manufactures Universal Rifle Sight and incorporates as Gladstone
Makes first Pocket Axes; recession causes Panic of 1893.
Marble returns to surveying and timber cruising.
Patents Safety Pocket Axe and incorporates as Marble Safety Axe
Exhibits first products at Sports Expo in Madison Square
Introduces Improved Front Sight; British Army adopts Marbles No.
3 Safety Pocket Axes.
Patents Automatic Flexible Joint Rear Sight.
New 24,000 square foot factory completed and lauded as “Finest of
its kind in the world.”
First Game Getter Guns shipped from the factory.
Magazine advertising reaches 20,000,000 readers world
Theodore Roosevelt carries Marble’s compasses during Expandicao
Scientifica exploration of Brazilian wilderness.
WWI U.S. Army trucks equipped with Marble’s compasses.
British government buys Marble’s hunting knives for Army
Charles Lindbergh carries Marble’s knife, compass, and matchbox
on first solo transatlantic flight.
Founder, Webster Marble dies. Son William becomes President; son
Floyd is President of subsidiary Marble Card.
Marble Arms is purchased by Bell and Gossett Inc.
Marble Arms Corporation sells 500 Pilot Survival knives to U.S.
Navy and releases proprietary manufacturing specifications.
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