1944 Coleman 523

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  1. optipri

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    This is a 2-burner gasoline stove looking very much like #523 but meanwhile many differences.
    For example, the case is not the same. The bottom is of aluminium while the lid is stainless steel.
    It also has many similarties to this AGM stove.
    Some kind of decal has probably been fitted both on the case and the tank but has been removed/overpainted, don't know why.
    I have some doubts if this is the righ combination because the stove is damned tight in the case.
    First time it took me several minutes to get it out. That poor soldier would have die from hunger before getting the stove lighted.

    Bo

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  2. snwcmpr

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    Is there any other reason it isn't a 523? Could the '1944' be the manufacturing date? I know different manufacturers were contracted to make stoves for the US military.
    Ken in NC
     
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    Yup, I think its the date.

    I've got an AGMco #523 but its stamped with 1945 cade code.

    Rinse the tank, change the screens in the vaporizers and run it.

    There is just enough room inside to fit small cooking utensils and mics items.

    You may want to keep an eye open for a wind screen. If you find 2, save 1 for me please.

    I think you will like this stove... good history.

    AR
     
  4. Wim

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    Hi Bo, I've seen photos of soldiers cooking their meal on one of these during the campaign in Italy (if I remember correctly). However, this stove was intended for medical use, to sterilize equipment! Ah well, à la guerre comme à la guerre like the French say ;) O:) (meaning something like make do with what you have ).

    Best regards,

    Wim
     
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    Some of those came with the Caduceus symbol of medicine engraved on the case where some just stamped the manufacturer's name.

    See this wikipedia link: Caduceus as a symbol of medicine

    Here's what the Medical Corp patch looks like with the Caduceus symbol in the middle. The 523 had the symbol with 'U' on the left and then 'S' on the right. This is probably what could have been taken off the case.

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    sam
     
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  6. snwcmpr

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    I have a 523 with the medical logo, I have it in my 'I have to post pictures of this' list.

    Ken in NC
     
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    Hi Ken, seems we use the same list! :roll: :lol:

    ATB,

    Wim
     
  8. optipri

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    That sounds feasibly. The size seems to be approx the same. Is it possible to buy such decal somewhere or do I have make it myself?

    Now I know for sure this is a 523, thank you all for the information.

    Maybe one of the moderators is able to change the number in topic head?

    Bo
     
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  9. idahostoveguy

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    It wasn't really a decal, it was engraved on to the case, but if you use a decal, that could cover up the scar that was left behind.

    All the best,
    sam
     
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    I believe these stoves were particularly made as a medical aparatus to boil/sanitize tools used to operate a wounded or sick soldier on the field. The pans provided were rather embossed/stamped with the snake and rod originating from moses' time and commonly seen in hispitals and pharmacies. u wouldn't want to cook some soup with those pans of which some joe's "body part" might have been placed in there. :p
     
  11. snwcmpr

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    I posted pictures of my military medical 523 ..... HERE

    Ken in NC
     
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