Optimus 100N

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  1. Mackburner

    Mackburner United Kingdom Founder Member Subscriber

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    Not sure what the N means. This cute little baby was given to me by a guy driving an old Invicta car he was showing at a small local steam rally. He said it had been his fathers. I think it is probably 1950s but the Scandinavian brotherhood will know better. Neat lantern with a bayonet fixing for the hood and a lock built into the pump handle. Runs OK too. I have it working here with a Coleman #20 mantle which is really a 150 cp and works quite well in these small lanterns.

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  2. Nils Stephenson

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    Dating these is not very easy, though I have seen a picture in a brochure from 1949 where the lantern has 100N on the tank. From this you can assume that the N suffix is from at least 1949. The 100 model dissapeared from the range in 1957 when there was a big change in all the models. What the N means is a mystery.
     
  3. Carlsson

    Carlsson Sweden Admin/Founder Member

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    N for Normalljus? That's the Swedish equivalence for CP.

    Nah, it's a long shot, and probably a bit to far-fetched.
    That would not be consistent to how Optimus has named their other lanterns either.
     
  4. Mackburner

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    OK so safe enough to say Post WW2 to 1957 then. That is near enough for me. Thanks. ::Neil::
     
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    Hey Mack.
    Do you still got this lantern?

    //Fjello
     
  6. Mackburner

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    Somewhere amongst the pile yes. I might even know where to start looking. I know it doesn't work too well. Runs OK but with yellow halo and poor light. Probably wants a generator clean out. ::Neil::
     
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    Could you supply me with a few pictures of the inner roof/top complete with mixing tube and flame spreader?
     
  8. Mackburner

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    Sent out a search party and found it. OK here are the inner hood images. ::Neil::

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    Very much like the Geniol 150hk
     
  10. Mackburner

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    Whilst I had it on the bench I cleaned the generator and jet. It now runs very bright. I didn't measure the light but it had to be near enough the 100cp they were rated at. ::Neil::
     

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