Cobra 'Rechaud de Voyage' No.0. 1920s/30s(?)

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  1. igh371

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    Only a salvaged scrapper, but this little Cobra is different in certain respects to either of those currently posted so worth adding to the gallery. The two currently posted have much more elaborate socket feet for the legs (see e.g. here), whilst the tubular sort on this example is only just to be glimpsed in the undated catalogue image of the boxed 'Rechaud de Voyage' version:
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    This was it as originally acquired, without pump, functional burner or pressure release fitment:

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    OK so it doesn't look that much different, but at least it is now operational8]

    A suitable pressure release body and screw were taken from elsewhere and reprofiled to fit this little Cobra, and a short pump rod assembly was similarly butchered to make it even smaller to fit the incredibly short pump tube!
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    The very unusual burner design, with riser, priming cup and top all brazed into one single unit, is also slightly different to Iani's roarer in that it does not have a shelf for the flame spreader, only 4 pegs for the flame spreader to sit on:
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    Just the right size for a Thompson Ritchie kettle:

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    Nice survivor, thanks for taking the time to share it. You've got it running nicely and I love that sliding rod on the fill cap. A classy french touch.

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    @igh371 Melius stoves were stablemates of Cobra (manufacturer Moufflet & Co.) and it shows.

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    Very useful link, John, that must be the only other example we have of a burner with the pegs instead of a shelf to hold the flame spreader:thumbup:


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    Very nice work, @igh371. :thumbup:

    Cheers

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    @presscall, the original release screw in your Melius stablemate looks far more in keeping with the design than my modified standard type. Following your prompt have now found a round head screw that, with very little tweaking, now fits, works, and makes the stove look much better:
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    @igh371 Yes, that looks the part Ian.

    John