Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: St. Louis, MO area.
Nice find. Unlike most you see, this one is very complete. Not missing any parts. Even the original leather hanger for suspension to a waist belt.
These are generally referred to as grease containers. To greese the patches/paper cartridges for loading the guns. As mentioned, this one is probably Ottoman/Balkan made. Also, it appears to have a hinged lid. Again, a really nice, and complete example. Congratulations.
Here is a simple, very plain example you often see. The lid is seperate from the body of the container. It would have had a leather/wool cord suspended around the body and through the lid allowing the lid to slide up/down.