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Edison-battery-oil-bottles-history, thomas edison battery oil bottles are antique and vintage glass bottles originally used to contain battery oil produced by the thomas edison manufacturing company in new jersey.. The edison battery oil bottles are cylindrical-shaped bottles made of clear glass that have the signature of "thomas a. edison" in cursive. they were used by railroads in battery operated crossing guards; after refilling the containers in the batteries, the workers would frequently just toss the bottles which is why most are found near railroad crossings., got to reading this little bottle i had a long time. thomas edison battery oil bottle. on one side it has old toms signature embossed on it. other side readsedison battery oil, made in usa, thomas edison inc, bloomfield nj usa. all this on a little 4"tall bottle. seems the oil was added to glass ....

Here is the scoop on "battery oil" edison & others developed the nickel/iron storage battery in the 1880s ! edison, exide, willard, and others built & sold them for automotive use., this vintage antique glass thomas a edison battery oil bottle is reminiscent of the early days of the railroad in america.battery oil was used with glass battery jars and the battery oil created a thin film on top of a conductive solution to prevent it from evaporating.