"I don't need another Eleventy-one, I certainly don't need another Eleventy-one!..." I was telling myself as I was browsing the local auction site a few weeks ago. "But wait - there's one with a green cookie cutter...Do I have a stove with a green cookie cutter? - No. Do I need a green cookie cutter in my collection? - Yes, probably desperately." So here we go. As it shows, this is a pretty early 111. Probably this version came after the very first 111 that had the dark green case like the 11, no wind shield on the burner and black cookie cutter control handle with tactile lettering (example: Early Optimus 111) The time markers on my unit are among other things: Old style case hinges. Old style clip inside case to hold burner in place when stove is folded/closed. Maintenance tool with open keys. No cut-out for the closure of the case. Burner with hexagonal base. Burner without hole for pouring down preheating fuel. Burner wind shield with scoop opening for pouring preheating fuel. Green cookie cutter handle on control spindle. Instructions manual no. 79 that does not also cover the 22 double burner range. The 22 was introduced around 1955, and manual no. 79 was then edited to also cover the 22 and the spirit can no. 69. All in all my guess is that this one is later than the first version (1952) but prior to the launch of the 22 (1955) thus estimating it to 1953/54. As it turned out to be quite an early and rare unit, I equipped it with a new wiper rag (comfort blanket) that a very kind CCS member once helped me source. These stoves were originally supplied with wiper rags. The stove probably had not been used much, it's in pretty good shape. A pressure test in a bucket with water revealed the need to replace NRV and tank lid packing. Pump leather was in good condition but needed lubrication and softening up. With these small fixes, it was time for a brew test. Burns perfectly nice. Cleaning needle works. Boils half a litre of water in no-time. Then I thought, why don't I make a little "concerto" with three different cookie cutter color Eleventy-ones? Said and done. Here they are playing away in "allegro" tempo. Colors don't come out very strong on this mobile photo, but from left to right we have green, white and burgundy red. I think they make up a great team.