Optimus 1300

Discussion in '1300' started by leo, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. leo

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    Optimus 1300 in working condition. Unfourtunally without the original preheater handle.

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  2. Nils Stephenson

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    The preheater wheel is correct, though cracked. The valve wheel is home made and should originally have been the same shape as the preheater but in a red/brown colour.

    The top is from a later Optimus lantern, as this tank and collar variation would have had a top with a black enamelled top hat. Coming from the military, it is no surprise that parts might be mixed up. They were only concerned with function, not looks.
     
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    Hi Nils,
    yes you are right: The valve wheel is hand made of wood!
    I will take a look for a black enamelled top and a wheel.
    I have also a Optimus 200 with a mixing of parts, It comes also from the military. The fount is marked with 1200, but no preheater, the collar has a hole for a preheater... form follows function ;)
     
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    How old is then the 1300 Optimus with this writing?:

    http://www.thailantern.com/main/boards/index.php?showtopic=1795

    And is the top original?

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  5. Nils Stephenson

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    The first 1300 shown in that thread is the second last variation. It was introduced some time in the late 1940s and continued until the mid 1950s. The one pictured further down is the last variation. The only difference is the top. This continued until the model was discontinued in 1956/7.
     
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    Did Optimus only produce that black wheel for the 1300's preheater and no other lamps :?:
    It looks the same as the controlwheel but just Black, but I cant find them elsewhere in the gallery. Didnt look on CCS though.

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    I don't remember seeing that style of wheel on an Optimus stove so I'm sure that the black wheel was only used for the quick starter. It was also on the 1200, so two models used it. :)
     

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