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Tilley Sportsman Kit

Discussion in 'Tilley' started by snwcmpr, Jun 18, 2014.

  1. snwcmpr United States

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    What a surprise find in a consignment store in my local city. Here is a photo of the Tilley Sportsman Kit. I will try to add more photos as time passes.

    The lamp is dated 1958 and the stove is dated 1960.
    The spare parts (vaporizers) are still sealed.
    The 'used' pre-heater wick is broken.
    There was a bit of kerosene still left in the tank of the lamp, but the stove is empty.
    When I checked the tank of the lamp, air was released, I suppose it holds pressure.
    The mantle on the lamp is still new.

    Ken in NC

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  2. Pinky United States

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    wowWowWOW!!! :shock:

    Fantastic find Ken!!! :D/ :clap:

    And nickel to boot!
     
  3. Tony Press

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    (Pinky: ... not nickel, but "speculum" - an alloy of copper and tin used for metal mirrors and the like.

    What a fantastic find, snwcmpr!!!
     
  4. Pinky United States

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    :oops: Good catch Tony!

    I was too excited and got sloppy. :lol:

    Anyway, wonderful to see such a complete example. =P~

    Congrats again Ken!
     
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    Ken that is nice - very nice indeed.
    A very desirable collectors set.
     
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    David Shouksmith United Kingdom Subscriber

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    Indeed - but it would look even nicer here in Great Lumley! :D
     
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    Wow very nice. Is that the prize 59.95 marked above the TILLEY?
     
  8. snwcmpr United States

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    Yes, that is the price in 1957. I didn't pay that much for the whole kit the other day. Lucky??? Oh Yeah!! Makes up (a bit) for the (many) times I spent too much for a stove.

    Thanks all for the kudos. Thanks also for the word speculum so I could search and find THIS.

    Ken in NC
     
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  9. snwcmpr United States

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    Here is a link to a catalog on our sister site 'CPL' showing the price in 1959 ... Link.

    Ken in NC
    I took too long and exceeded the time limit to edit.
     
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  10. DAVE GIBSON United States

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    find of a lifetime :shock:
     
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    Great bit of luck there Ken! It will have the UK Tilley collectors drooling with it being a USA ensemble!
    Do you have the fuel dipstick?
     
  12. snwcmpr United States

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    Thank you Ross.
    As to the UK collectors drooling, we (US collectors, at least me) are usually the ones drooling over collections of UK members. The access is so good there. I have to clean my keyboard regularly. :lol: :lol: :lol:

    The A.W. Thacker Company decal is on the bottom of the stove and lantern. That makes it USA, correct?

    I saw the dipstick in the catalog, but I do not have that. Would it have been original, or an accessory?

    Ken in NC
     
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    Spiritburner United Kingdom Admin Subscriber

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    The dipstick was original Tilley.

    I'm sure an ad in the wanted section would produce one.
     
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    Wow Ken, great find! So amazing that you found a complete, barely-used kit like that.

    It'll be neat to see the rest of your pics.

    Have a great day,
    sam
     
  15. snwcmpr United States

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    I hope not. I seem to have hit a wall in my search since finding this item.
    I hope this reply to the "find of a lifetime" statement can re-activate my search capabilities.

    Ken in NC
     
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  16. geneislucky United States

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    Happy hunting Ken, and good luck.
     
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    Wow. Just WOW! Great find, Ken.
     

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