1897 (about) USA Primus No.1

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  1. anfeng

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    This is a real old guy, the oldest of all my stoves. According to the catalog, it was produced in the United States around 1897. 3F448534-639C-45D5-A41A-3D9FBA91B7BF.jpeg 7C403A57-DFFF-400F-A58C-DBE7EFADF174.jpeg It's a little different from the Swedish production of the same period D29A0C74-E0D9-4C8C-9E86-E89A5EC39D37.jpeg The stamped text on the tank is beautiful 62616195-CF90-47CC-A51F-FAE57691DC24.jpeg There is some useful information on the tank lid 282B424E-E131-441E-A84E-FBCE80118566.jpeg No text at the bottom




    This is what it looks like when I get it, it is wrapped in thick oxide 9523E1A2-34D4-43BE-AC16-49E579CE29DD.jpeg
    I removed the oxide on its surface, but did not polish it. The next thing to do is to restore his function. Below are some details of the parts. 38864E90-9B60-4ED1-A924-FDFE387A1C49.jpeg The pump can be removed as a whole, and the structure is more complicated than later products FB46A828-6799-48B2-A0AF-8E29CD6AFCE1.jpeg ACB66934-C42F-42B0-9E19-8D431404C4F0.jpeg The structure of the pump check valve is old, but it is very easy to maintain 2A87C0F0-BB20-4FDA-BD2F-4568CCEBC0CC.jpeg 38A4A7D1-A1E8-4BBD-9D3D-D162F7112093.jpeg


    The burner flame cup is also larger than the later products. Unfortunately, the burner cover is missing. The original owner replaced it with an optimus cover. Its inner cover is original, the inner cover is threaded and it is fixed to the burner. B5317841-A584-4B1E-BA8E-5C7D1B5D0E00.jpeg 137C2E9B-A6D5-468D-AF7C-C23DD179679D.jpeg 526096BD-8621-4AA0-9E3C-87279B693DFE.jpeg 658EF949-2C49-491F-A7E8-32475583DFCA.jpeg



    I'm very happy to watch this stove over 120 years old burning again! 09DFB652-AFFB-4A39-8E07-9920D1346293.jpeg
     
  2. Tony Press

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    Thank you for the excellent photos of this very important stove.

    Best regards

    Tony

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    Very nice job and presentation. Thank you.
     
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    Good job getting the old girl up and running so beautifully. It gives me something to shoot for if and when I ever come across mine again. Thanks for taking the time to photograph and share your little beauty.

    Ben
     
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    Thank you & Congrats anfeng !
    I too join enthusiastic praise of your early example :thumbup::thumbup: and presentation :thumbup::thumbup:.
    Yourself and readers if interested will find convo indicating / comparing early details related to yours.
    "Comparisons" begin on pg.3 re c1897 Primus US -vs- 1890s Primus Sweden.
    There are striking similarities not the least of which is re pumps: The near or exact match of the c1897 pump assemblies (US vs Swedish) down to tiniest pieces and, if you read-on in that convo we find, for Primus Sweden, there was a pump version earlier than c1897.

    From what we've seen, I find that yours is a 4th example (as seen in 1897 catalog) that is among the earliest of these stoves HOWEVER, a bonus!, among these 4 (all 4 with much in common, Ben's made an impression), yours is the only "No.1". No.1 was sold *minus legs/pot supports,
    the other 3 are Primus US No. 103. Links to the other 3 are found in convo link above. We see production for these began by 1897, not yet clear for how many years the early version was offered (and approx. year the next version began).
    *The "...useful..." (or necessary :content:) pot support option for your No.1 is the No.105 Standard Frame , "...Cooking Stove Frame..." .
    My apologies to members, (subscriber's) ref. library is the only cooking frame (US or Swedish) I can refer to. That rare illustration is in the 1897 catalog.
    thx again
     
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    What a great piece of history. Thanks for sharing it with us.
     
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    Thanks @anfeng , lovely stove and nicely presented :thumbup:
     
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    What a beauty, I love those really old stoves, congratulations on finding that one. Great work.

    Cheers
    Rob
     
  9. anfeng

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    thank you all!
     
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    Thank you, you let me know more about American-made primus, thank you!
    best regards
     
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    Good job~~!
     
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    The burner inner cover is threaded, and the height of the inner cover can be adjusted. After repeated tests, the old girl now has a beautiful flame. 936E62A8-3A2F-456D-A306-4A01097AB031.jpeg E2A5C356-7264-4268-A215-64645A889681.jpeg
     
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    Wow - Nice blue flame for a beauty this old!!
     
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    I give that the "Flame Shot of the Year" award. Absolutely stunning.

    Ben
     
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    thank you all!