Austramax 3/300 Lantern with a stainless steel based font

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  1. ROBBO55

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    This is an Australian Austramax 3/300 Lantern with a stainless steel based font.
    This appears to be an early variation of the NEW stainless steel base font model. There are several differences between this lantern and other variations I have seen.

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    The font is brass with a Stainless steel bottom (lantern was over cleaned by a previous owner)

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    The font is stamped twice with the Austramax logo, once under the filler cap and the second under the pump tube.

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    The pressure bleed is brass but there is a plastic insert replacing the needle to make the seal. This plastic insert has cracked and leaks air. As an interim fix I have inserted a viton seal under the plastic insert until I make a new one.

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    The knob on the pump is aluminium and so is the hood nut

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    Other general details.
    The hood is enamelled steel in blue with white speckles
    The glass is bulbous and marked with Austramax.
    The burner (nozzle) has a pressed screen rather than the earlier wire mesh
    The vapouriser and needle with brass mesh insert.
    The control Knob is the later pointed style (not round)
    The handle is the later square shape rather than the earlier type with a rounded profile
    The pump piston is an ‘O’ ring design
    The NRV is larger than standard primus type and has a screwdriver slot rather than the raised 5mm head for removal.

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    Testing the lantern on the bench with no mantle (a little orange?).

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    First testing of the lantern in the shed. The lantern is fitted with a cheep oversize mantle and generic glass (didn’t want to risk original glass at this stage)

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    An excellent find! :thumbup:
     
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    Nice work, Martin.

    Another piece in the Austramax jigsaw.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    And a darn good post too Martin. :clap:
     
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    Nicely presented Martin. It's good to get all the details shown.

    As you surmise, this is the first variation with the stainless steel base. It is also the first to use the "new" handle. This is the first version of the new handle that only has short ends where it clips into the burner. This means that it can only be folded down to horizontal because of the hood. Not long after they made a new version of the handle with longer ends so it would clear the rim of the hood.
     
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    Thanks gentlemen for the comments. Yes it is another small piece in the puzzle but it's a pity we can't find more details regarding dates. Thanks Nils for the additional information relating to this lantern. The handle not folding down is a bit of a pain and I can understand why it's production didn't last long.
     
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    That's a really sweet looking lamp - I love it!
     
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    @ColinG

    Thanks Colin, I do like my Austramaxs and this one gets used regularly.
     
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    Well presented Martin. I do like the detailed information you presented. Another piece to the Austramax story.
    Cheers
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