About this object

Built by Joseph Atkinson of Liverpool this tanker was used by the Anglo-American Oil Company for door-to-door deliveries of oil for oil lamps. Anglo-American had a large depot in Liverpool, with stables and an office in Vauxhall Road.

The oil tank is mounted on two wheels and would have been drawn by one horse. It is made to a patent of 1902 granted to Thomas Davies of Liverpool covering 'frameless' construction. It is a very important vehicle both in terms of its patentee and method of construction, and it typifies a kind of vehicle once common on the streets of Liverpool.

Fleet No. 41 of Anglo-American Oil Co., Lightbody St., Liverpool. Maker's no. 6675/9/02

Object specifics

  • Title
    Davies Patent horse-drawn oil tanker
  • Accession no.
    1987.267
  • Type
    Horse drawn commercial vehicle
  • Artist/Maker
    Joseph Atkinson
  • Place made
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Yorkshire: Leeds
  • Date made
    1902
  • Materials
    wood; metal
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Measurements
    1900 x 1140 x 2970 mm
  • Related people
    Joseph Atkinson (Artist/maker); T Davies Ltd (Associated Person)
  • Collection
    From the Museum of Liverpool collections
Object view = Social History
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