Optimus 300P Lantern

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  1. Norman

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    Hello folks,

    I've acquired an Optimus 300P. The lantern was in pieces and in need of quite a bit of cleaning. The fount has quite a few dents but I found no leaks when pressurized but found some leaks when the found was depressurized so I used a two part epoxy which took care of the problem.

    All seals and washers were replaced. The fuel leveling gauge works quite well indeed.

    The jet/nipple and pricker needed to be replaced.

    I decided to use an Egret mantle rated between 300 C.P - 400 C.P. This mantle is very bright.

    Here are some pictures and yes it does need some more cleaning that's for sure.
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    Here are the money shots.
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    Cheers,
    Norman
     
  2. ColinG

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    Nice! I have a 350p with a red hat and very handsome they are too!
     
  3. James K

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    The optimus lamps are very well made and do fettle up quite well.
    It's nice to see it shining bright again.
    Good work.
     
  4. AussiePete

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    @Norman
    Nice looking lamp and she runs well, well done mate on a good job. I reckon she looks good as she is, kind of “been around” sort of lady.
    She sure chucks the light out with the mantle your using.
    Cheers
    Pete
     
  5. Mr cod

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    Working very well ,nice and bright . Have you any indication of age of this lamp.
    Regards Ian.
     
  6. Alex Smith

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    @Norman Good looking lantern there, looks like you have done quite a bit of work on it already - well fettled.
     
  7. Norman

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    Thank you all for you very kind comments.

    This lantern may be from the late 1950s but I'm not sure.

    Cheers,
    Norman
     
  8. JEFF JOHNSON

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    Well saved!:thumbup:
     
  9. Nils Stephenson

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    This lantern is actually from the late 1940s. It is a bit of a crossover version from the last version of the 300. Optimus were still using up their stock of the red wheel and nickel top cap before going over to the brown wheel and red enamelled top cap. I believe everything else is correct for the first variation of the 300P.
     
  10. Norman

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    Thanks Jeff.

    Thank you Nils for the information on this lantern.
    I had no idea this lantern was from the late 1940s.

    Cheers,
    Norman
     

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