Austramax Cougar

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  1. Tony Press

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    This is a near mint condition Austramax Cougar I picked up recently. It's been fired at least once (test fired?) but not used very much at all.

    It has an aluminium hood nut; the 4-hole hood (vent); a red plastic pressure release screw; and an O-ring pump rather than a leather pump cup. The bail is an older style curved bail as distinct from the late model angular bails.

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    "COUGAR MODEL - CG5300 FOR KEROSENE ONLY"
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    "RUSTPROOF COUGAR PRESSURE LANTERN WITH NEW STAINLESS STEEL BASE WARNING - THE RED KNOB IS ONLY FOR PRICKING AND NOT FOR EXTINGUISHING LANTERN"
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    "AUSTRAMAX"
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    "JENAER SUPRA GLAS MADE IN GERMANY"
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    "COUGAR DOWN"
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    This will remain unfired from here on. I've got plenty of Austramax lanterns to play with.


    Cheers

    Tony

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  2. Nils Stephenson

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    That is an interesting find. All the other Cougars known have been from a very specific variation. Is it possible this one has been built up from parts?

    Compared to the others, it has a newer pump and filler cap and an older handle. From new, the others also had a sticker on the tank. A bit of a mystery. :)
     
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    Clarification (just now from the seller).

    The bail/handle is a replacement; all the rest is as found.

    The bloke I bought it off is not a collector. He’s a trader in Australiana. I spoke to him, and he seems pretty straight up and down. He said in response to a message I sent him about this lantern and an old Primus stove:

    ”...both your purchases were pretty rough when l bought them your little lamp in a box with a mix of car parts but as you have seen was in good condition under all the grime & the primus had been neglected for some time...”. He said the mantle was as is as well.

    He did clarify just now, though, that the bail/handle did not come with the lantern as found. As found it had no handle. He also clarified that everything else, minus the dirt, was as found.

    I assume the correct handle is this one, n’est-ce pas?
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    It's in good nick!:thumbup::thumbup:
     
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    That's a beauty, n'est-ce pas? And with the older curved bail
    she even looks better.

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    Maybe. All the others have the first variation of the angular handle that has the short ends. On the other hand, if the pump and filler cap are correct then that is the correct type of handle.
     
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    Its pretty nevertheless.
    And its probably one of the few that has stainless steel parts.
     
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    That's one good looking lantern you have there!
     
  9. Tony Press

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    My Cougar here seems closest to one of @Darryl Durdin, except mine has the red plastic pressure release screw, his has a later style steel release screw:

    Austramax Cougar

    I’ll triple-check for any sign of a sticker.

    Cheers

    Tony

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    Now that I think about it, I'm not sure if mine have an O-ring pump or not. It's a bit hard to check as they are at home in Aust. If they do then it is only the pressure release screw that is different. Maybe the handle, but we don't know.

    The stickers on the tank obviously disappear with use, but were most likely on them all to begin with. If the seller cleaned the tank then there is probably no sign of any residue.
     
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    Here is my Cougar next to another “late model” Cougar that does not have the Cougar brand sticker. This Cougar is the same as mine, except that it has the late metal pressure release screw (mine has the later plastic screw).

    Mick’s on left of photo/mine on right:

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    Mick’s Cougar is unfired.

    Tony

    EDIT: The bail on Mick’s is not original either. I think this is because both his and mine originally had the bloody annoying angled bail that would not fold down over the hood so they were packed in the sales box with the bail detached in order for it to fit. Over time the bails got lost...

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    Have to agree, fortunately I still have the original bail on mine, but it’s a bloody pain.
    Good lantern though.
    Cheers
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    Yes, those first generation angled handles are a pain. It was certainly a good move to change it. I don't know how long it took them to make the change but it couldn't have been too long. If we knew when the first angled handle came out we could then date the Cougar (or maybe the other way around).

    I believe the knurling on the later filler cap is slightly different as well. Not much, but enough to notice.
     
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    I haven’t looked closely, but the whole “feel and look” of the Austramax late steel filler caps is different IMHO.

    Cheers

    Tony
     

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