Optimus 300 (mid-1940s)

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  1. Tony Press

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    Here is my Optimus 300. I'm informed by @Nils Stephenson that it dates from around the mid 1940s. It is the lantern that is discussed here.


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    Disassembled:

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    "Optimus" "300CP".
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    The "Optimus 300" stamping is on the bottom of the tank.
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    Hood cap parts supplied by @Bo Ryman. (Thank you very much).
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    Locking device on pump.
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    Spirit cup.
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    Standard NRV (note the flared end of the bottom tube that had been over-tightened at some stage).
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    Control wheel.
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    Burner.

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    As it came. It came with a Coleman globe. I've replaced it with a Primus globe.

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    Rusty base plate that was cleared of rust and painted with high temperature paint.
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    Up and running.
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    Some of the fettling on this lantern is shown in the link at the top of this post.


    I really like this lantern!



    Best regards

    Tony
     
  2. Nils Stephenson

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    Very nice presentation Tony. The lantern has cleaned up nicely and is burning brightly (as expected :) ).

    I have to point out that there are two parts that differ from a 'pure' representation of this variation. See this lantern for a good example (and some discussion). The parts are the globe cage and the control wheel. They are from the previous variation. This is typical of Optimus product as they used up parts they had on the shelf, if it fitted.
     
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    @Nils Stephenson

    Thanks, Nils. It's comforting to know that I've got something that's not quite normal...

    The control wheel has the manufacturer's mould identification number (1433) and name (A-B. ALPHA) on it.

    I should point out that this lantern appears to have been originally sold in Australia (rather than bought into Australia recently by a collector).

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    You do see some older Optimus product in Australia, but it is not common. Whether it was sold or brought in together with the Scandinavian immigrants in the 50s and 60s is unknown to me.
     
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    @Nils Stephenson

    Ah, yes of course it may well have come with the Scandinavians in the 50s. I was thinking about the fact that it had been found in Australia from a non-collector.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    It's in good nick and it's working well!:thumbup::thumbup:
     
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    All I can say is you take a heck of a lot better photos than me!
    Good job, Tony! It's a fine lamp!
     
  8. Tony Press

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    @phaedrus42

    I used my iPhone for those photos as my SLR is in for a clean. You can see the slight 'fish eye' effect on a couple of the close up shots, but the iPhone does a pretty good job.

    Cheers

    Tony
     

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