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Classic Optimus 111B Stove

Discussion in 'Optimus No:111 (all variants) + later Hiker & Hike' started by SimonFoxxx, Aug 19, 2012.

  1. SimonFoxxx New Zealand

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    Hi there fellow stove heads, I recently purchased an Optimus 111B on EBay, and when it arrived I was delighted to find it in mint condition. :lol: It is supplied with an Optimus can for priming fuel, and a rag, and a cardboard tag. It looks like it is 1960's, can a kind person please advise likely year of manufacture? Thanking you in advance. please see photos

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    yonadav Israel Subscriber

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    What a beautiful stove. Congratulations!

    Yonadav
     
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    Hi SimonFoxxx a very very nice example of a unfired 111,yes your stove could be from the 1960's or from the 1950's going by the style of the regulator knob
     
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    Spiritburner United Kingdom Admin Subscriber

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    & the rag is original - don't bin it!
     
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    bajabum United States R.I.P.

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    There should be a date stamped on the box.
     
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    HunterStovie United States Subscriber

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    Having one of those would complete my collection of 111B's.
     
  8. SimonFoxxx New Zealand

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    Hiya Kero and Hunter,

    This stove remains one of my favourites. I recall it had a composite cork pip in the SRV. I suspect it is late 1950's. i will have a close look at the supplied instructions; some have dates in fine type print in a corner.

    Cheers
    Simon Foxxx
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    Hi @SimonFoxxx . Your observation on the use of a cork-based NRV on your Op.111 is interesting and useful, and could also help with dating:

     
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    Truly a thing of beauty!
     
  11. SimonFoxxx New Zealand

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    Hiya Kerophile,

    I appreciate your comments. Please note that the cork pip was in the SRV, not the NRV. The NRV had a one piece moulded rubber pip. This is what made me wonder if it was early 1960's. I replaced it with a brass pip holder and pip from The Fettlebox, even though the stove itself remains unused. No year on the pink instruction sheet, like some other models.

    Cheers
    Simon Foxxx