Lux No.15

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  1. A A C

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    Posting this example of a Lux No.15 as I don’t see one here in the gallery .
    After reading the relevant posts in the reference library , I now know the No. 15 is a lighter version of the Lux No.5.
    Internal NRV . Tank in very nice nice condition in and out . Non-original Primus silent burner which looked virtually new . Primus spirit cup which was nicely lettered . The stove has been well looked after.
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    The markings on the bottom of the tank.
    The stove had an evenly worn Optimus tank lid.
    After a clean and new seals , pump leather the stove fired up and works perfectly.
    The trivet is from another stove.
    The stove lacked outer and inner burner cups when acquired but did have a Matador lamp cap stuck on top of the slent burner !
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    This looks like a very solidly made stove . As with other Lux stoves posted here it looks almost too good to be so old ( the last Lux catalogue being 1913) .
    Cheers Alastair
     

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    A real beauty!
     
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    Thanks for the addition. It's a beautiful stove.

    Ben
     
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    Thanks for posting!

    Cheers

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    A stunner.
     
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    The liquid fuel consumer products of Lux were aquired by Optimus in 1917 but continued to use the brand Lux for about 5 years, some products were renamed Optimus after a short time while the last products were discontinued instead of renamed.
    This stove seem to have been made for export to Russia(probably mid-late 1917) but never exported and maybe not completed until WW1 had ended and kerosene rationing was cancelled.
     
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    @Lennart F - Very interesting history these companies have in the early 20th century . You mentioned that this stove may have been part of a Russian export order . it being in 1917 then I can understand that export contracts with Russia must have been somewhat precarious. Do you have any further details on this ? It is an intriguing subject.
     
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    The combination of equal amount of only swedish and pre-Soviet russian text is the indicator that it was intended for Russia - other export stoves used to have english, german and french too, while most early stoves for Russia had a badge with some extra russian text soldered to the tank.
    These details generally applies to any swedish products exported to Russia circa 1895-1917 - the export started again in the 1920's but most stoves and blowlamps had the small text in 5-7 languages during 1920's-1950's telling it's a genuine product.
     
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    @Lennart F .
    Tack så mycket.
    This type of information is what makes stove collecting so fascinating . All the Lux stoves that I’ve seen feature the Russian text. Must have been a major market . This makes my stove from around 1917 ! I am amazed it looks so good !
    The only non-Swedish / Russian text on the stove is the «Strongest, handiest most efficient stove» slogan engraved round the fount .
    Cheers Alastair