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Sirram Wasp bought in Millets, Newport, Saturday 24th April 1965

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  1. presscall

    presscall United Kingdom Subscriber

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    Boxed and with the sales receipt tucked inside, establishing it was bought in a Millets store in Newport, Wales, on Saturday 24th April 1965 for one pound, two shillings, this Sirram Wasp boiling set

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    On that day in 1965 "Mrs Brown you've got a lovely daughter" by Herman's Hermits topped the British singles chart and "Help me Rhonda" (Beach Boys) had just begun to rack up sales at the foot of it.


    The box has a top that folds to create a display stand

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    Complete and little used

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    The fuel tin isn't rusted out and the manufacturer has anticipated the user will indulge in foreign travel, with translations of 'methylated spirits' into several languages

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    Older Sirram kettles have a steel travelling cap, and this bright yellow plastic one cries out 1960's!

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    Marris maybe considered that a plastic cap brought their product bang up-to-date, but this stove/kettle set is still harkens back to an earlier age with a tea infuser, just like this much older example of a 'boiling set'

    Drew and Sons boiling set


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    Economising on the use of brass, Marris cut corners on the spirit burner, using steel plate for lid and fuel cup. Older Sirram burner on left, the one from 1965 on the right

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    Twenty-two shillings is written on the box ...

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    ... and here's where I found the sales receipt

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    An internet search reveals there's still a Millets outdoor shop in Newport, Gwent ...

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    John
     
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  2. Trojandog

    Trojandog United Kingdom Subscriber

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    I saw this on eBay and was very tempted. Glad it went to a Spiritburner.

    Just had another look at the auction and note that the seller was only 20 miles from Newport, so it didn't travel very far in 46 years!
     
  3. mr optimus

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    very nice example John it's not very often one comes across a set like that in mint condition with little use complete with box and reciept.
    A reminder when family picniks was a common event and seeing from time to time a family parked in a lay by on the way to the coast stopping to have a brew
     
  4. hikin_jim United States

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    Exquisite, John. In such good condition. Classy little set (even if it does have 1960's yellow plastic).

    HJ
     
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    John:

    Wonderful! What a great set, with it's provenance. A great period piece.

    Paul
     
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    I wwas watching that one too. Mint!
     
  7. SimonB

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    I have one of those Sirram pad burners, I've wondered what sort of set it might have come from. Very nice.

    Simon.
     

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