1923 Primus 97

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  1. Aaron1980

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    Hi today I received my first Primus 97!
    It’s a 1923 stove with fixed feet. It came in a rather nicely made wooden box but unfortunately it has suffered a hard life.
    I will try and undo the bad repairs of past owners but I think the dent is probably here to stay! It also came with some sort of homemade spanner so I will try and work out it’s use? It has 2 small upturned ends? 215BDFD4-99A4-4A74-8C04-A76CD746BCE4.jpeg DE5040FD-E58A-4562-BF15-06A7D4FE0678.jpeg 6DA62CA8-9B3B-4130-A2CE-F83721413C49.jpeg B940D85E-BA8E-4D65-A7E0-9D98E8E0EBCA.jpeg 79BEC55F-E306-49F8-A161-BC4BD636551C.jpeg C8026150-EA78-409E-ADD0-14E010254A22.jpeg 2FE9BC82-72DF-427C-8AC7-829F1F7CA97A.jpeg F51D6205-BEA0-4D12-8DCC-5EE5CE85538F.jpeg AC35B32F-D8AE-417F-A516-8784EC53A285.jpeg
    Thanks
    Aaron
     
  2. hikerduane

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    Great catch Aaron, cool with the obviously aged wooden box. My oldest 97 is from '28. Yes, leave that dent.
    Duane
     
  3. Aaron1980

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    Thanks Duane
    I find the box very interesting as it’s clearly well made! I wonder if it was made shortly after the stove suffered the large dent as a way to stop it happening again? Who knows but it’s all part of the history!
     
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    It’s a great stove, Aaron, and a fine addition to the Reference Gallery and any collection. :thumbup:

    I, too, like the box and it deserves to be sensitively repaired in line with the stove. Great patina on both!

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    Nice stove and box. Odd stove the 97 - all the advantages of the 96, except for the size and weight!
    The spanner is a modified bicycle cone spanner which has been filed out to fit the nut on the lipstick tube. I think it might have been designed for Sturmey Archer 3 speed hubs or a motorcycle wheel, where there is a round sided nut with two cut outs in the edge and the two prongs at the side of the small end of the spanner (since filed away) would have allowed adjustment of such a nut.
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    Note the stepping in the cone adjusting end (also filed out on your one), which enabled it to fit more than one cone size (rear wheels had larger cones and nuts than front wheels.
    Dean