Optimus 111 embossed, white knob

Discussion in 'Optimus No:111 (all variants) + later Hiker & Hike' started by Staffan Rönn, Aug 10, 2019.

  1. Staffan Rönn

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    In my secret stash I found this 111 today. I don't know it's origin, but it has seen some use. Tank was filled with what I think is petrol, possibly mixed with ethanol. A bit strange. The holder for the key has come off but was still in the box. The stove was however missing pump rod and flame ring.

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    I fitted a spare pump rod from the newer Hiker+. As I was rummaging my stash, I also found a box with a new unused Optimus 45. Unfortunately it had been stripped of some parts, but the flame ring was still there. So I pinched it for the 111.

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    I emptied the tank, and on doing so I realized that it did not have the collar down the tank to prevent overfilling, so it was quite easy to empty.

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    I filled some fresh paraffin and lit the stove.

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    Flame is hard to see with my ancient phone and I-pad cameras, but it is steady and blue.

    The box color has the slightly greenish color tone which is nice. I also really like the white control key knobs. I don't know if it is original or replaced, typically the 111's seemed to come with the burgundy color knob.
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    Now I just need to find someone who can help me spot weld the holder for the key back into the case.

    I have not yet tried to date this unit.
     
  2. kerophile

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    Hi @Staffan Rönn . What a great find!

    I would suggest that your stove dates from the mid 1950s, based on the fully embossed case and other features. This is a likely a near contemporary:

    Optimus 111 from 1950s

    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
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    Hi @Staffan Rönn You also asked about the white control knob on your Op.111.

    “Mid 50s
    111 sold as kero only.
    Four pipes to burner.
    Steel wind shield.
    Embossed tin "Optimus 111".
    Cookie-cutter spindle key available in Black, White, Red, or Green.
    Slotted tank filler cap.
    Dark Green, Blue, or light green.”

    Putting a date to Optimus 111

    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
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  5. Staffan Rönn

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    Thanks @kerophile for your replies and comments, it's very appreciated. :thumbup:
    And I must admit I'm quite happy with the find.
     
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    Very nice stove, Staffan. :thumbup:

    I like the old white control wheel, and the embossed case.

    I’ve just refurbished another of my ex-Antarctic Optimus 111s, to give to my son who has finally accepted that butane canister stoves don’t really cut it.

    Cheers

    Tony