1944-1946 Optimus 300

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  1. Mackburner

    Mackburner United Kingdom Founder Member Subscriber

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    This is the second of my Optimus 300 lanterns. This variation has inner and outer hoods more like a Petromax with a one piece mixing tube held with a hex nut. The control wheel is plastic and there is a fuel gauge fitted. ::Neil::

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    Your about a decade out there Neil. This is the last variation that used this syle of tank and globe cage. It was introduced around 1939/40 and originally had a black enamelled top hat. This one is probably from the time of the changeover to the 'new' version of 300 sometime in the mid 1940s. That's a date I would like to get a bit closer but need more info.
     
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    Really? Older than I thought then. Kool. Ok I will change the date to read 1944-46 From what you say that sounds close enough. ::Neil::
     
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    Just been looking at these in the PLC and I now realise I am missing one variation at least. So what does the post 1940s one look like. Anyone out there got one to show me please. ::Neil::
     
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    I'm pretty sure I've got examples of them all, but no photos. Could take some time before I get some photos taken though.

    Basically they can be broken down into these variations.
    After this one, the new style of tank and globe cage were introduced but the number was left as only 300 (these variations also apply for the 200). The wheel also changed to a bright red plastic type.
    Shortly after there was a change to the 300 P. The only main difference being that the top hat was now red enamelled and the vapouriser was full diameter all the way down and the nut was bigger. The wheel went back to a more red/brown.
    There was a second variation of the 300 P which was only a change in the style of the hood. Instead of four broad pices to hold the top hat it had several thin vertical pieces (same style as the later series).
    The 300 P stopped in 1957 when the 350 etc were introduced (the 200 P continues under this number but with cosmetic changes).

    As with most Optimus product, mixtures of various variations can be found. Most likely from the changeover period when they were using up old parts.
     
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    Nils. OK that about covers it. Thanks. ::Neil::
     

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