Help dating Optimus N° 5

Discussion in 'Optimus No:5 (inc. S & J)' started by Juliet, Oct 5, 2016.

  1. Juliet

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    Hi there!

    I found this Optimus in a pile of rubbish someone was getting rid of. I can't find any number to help dating it. On the top you can see Optimus N°5 on one side, and an inscription on the other side that states in 5 languages (including Arabic at the bottom) "sole makers of the genuine <Optimus> apparatus" with a globe on each side

    The bottom only states made in Sweden,

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    Thank you!!
     
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    The stamping on the bottom of the tank suggests that your stove was made in the 1970s/80s.
     
  3. Juliet

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    Thank you shagratork,
    Was totally clueless about it because there is no letter coding referring to a specific period.
    Guess I understand now why it was in a pile of unwanted items instead of a specialised auction site
    Thanks for your help!
     
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    @Juliet

    It's still a mighty fine stove and virtually foolproof.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    The late Optimus No. 5 stoves are a very good and reliable stove.
    It looks like yours is missing the silent burner outer burner cap.
    Suitable caps can be obtained from eBay, such as this or this.
     
  6. Juliet

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    Awwwwwww, thank you guys!
    Really like this community, has got a lovely spirit
    Never seen one of these before to be honest so I was really keen to find out more about it
    Cheers,
    J.
     
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    Hi @Juliet
    Welcome to CCS.
    If you require any more information about about how to fettle (fix) your stove, then just ask and you will get lots of help.

    Kind regards,
    Trevor
     
  8. Juliet

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    Thank you Trevor!
    How incredibly kind of you
    Might see me around soon again
    All the best,
    Juliet x
     
  9. kaw550red

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    Hi Juliet

    I think the bottom tank marking started in 1969 when Optimus bought the Svea brand name for liquid fueled stoves.

    At the time they were making Optimus, Primus and Svea stoves. With that tank marking the same tank bottom could be used on all three makes

    Regards Bryan
     
  10. Juliet

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    How interesting!
    Thank you Bryan!!
     
  11. kaw550red

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    Hi Juliet

    What does the lettering on the burner say? It can also give an indication of age if it is original

    Regards Bryan
     
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  13. Juliet

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    What am amazing article Bryan! You are a well of knowledge!!
    It must be post 1969, as the stamp fits your description
    The burner says MADE IN SWEDEN, and again has got the inscription in Arabic
    It does really make sense that the inscriptions became more and more generic as they took over the different brands
    Thank you all again for your help!
    All the best,
    Juliet
     
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    Arabic? I see English, French, Spanish and another language, not a latin alphabet, but no Arabic letters too.

    Regards
    Radler