1925-1929 Optimus No. 96

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  1. Lighthouse

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    Today I've become the caretaker of another one of these little beasts, and it's even completer than the one I already own. It includes a tre-panelled windshield, a home-made but very solidly built spirit can and a spanner. The reserve cap boss is slightly different, like a V.1 compared to the other one, which is a pre-V.1.

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  2. hikerduane

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    Nice, never seen a tin like that or a windshield like that.
    Duane
     
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    Hi @Lighthouse What a lovely stove, and a beautiful tin.

    The stove is certainly pre-1930 and earlier than one I have, since yours has the fixed feet. Your stove also has the distinctive pressed cap on the pump tube, which is an early feature.

    I have seen a similar tin on one of Spiritburner’s Op.96:
    https://classiccampstoves.com/threads/optimus-no-96l-late-1920s.33450/

    A similar, but larger, version of this early tin seems to have been used on this early, 1920s ? “Patent” Op.00 stove:

    https://classiccampstoves.com/threads/early-optimus-00-1920s.9749/

    A great post.

    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
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    A beautiful piece of history. Thanks for posting it.

    Ben
     
  5. Doug L

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    WOW that's a gem
     
  6. Lighthouse

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    Thank you George for bringing my attention to the tins for the 00. Wonder which version came first: this - or the 00?

    Frank
     
  7. Wim

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    Hi Frank,@Lighthouse your Opti 96 is in better condition than mine! Yours also came with the 3-paneled windscreen so that will probably be original then. According to Brian Miller this early (first) version of the Optimus N°96 was made later than 1921 but probably before 1925. I am happy with a "mid 1920s" date of birth!

    I wonder how many survived, there are not that many in the reference gallery.

    Best regards,

    Wim
     
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    Hey Wim, thank you for confirming yours also has the same 3 panelled windscreen!

    Frank