Optimus 200

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  1. Lighthouse

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    A 1 pint Optimus 200 stove. These ran from 1910> to approx. mid 1930's (it disappeared from the catalogues in 1933). Interestingly none were pictured with their tin.

    This was the forerunner of the 00, but has the 100 series vaporizer and burner basket. She was found almost complete (only missing her draughtshield) and included a large spirit can. The hinges are soldered and are solid. The tin has a looped handle on the front panel as well as the clasp that folds neatly over the tin. Inside, the box has a bracket to store the burner and missing windscreen and there is another bracket to retain the spirit can. There is also an internal bracket that contains the pot supports.

    It has a steel pump rod, hexagon faced nut and a spanner stamped Optimus, making me believe this is a 1920's model. The tinned surface tins disappeared around 1925 (the Primus tins did).

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  2. Doug L

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    Wow that is a beauty Lighthouse. Looks like it wasn't used much. These tins often have broken hinges and missing storage brackets.
    Your a lucky guy. :thumbup: :clap:
     
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    OOOOOHHH lovely :mrgreen:

    That spirit can is an easy solder fix too , a great looking little setup & the stove is very similar shape/ engraving to my bun footed Optimus 30 :D :thumbup:

    https://classiccampstoves.com/posts/263651

    Stu :mrgreen: :thumbup:
     
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    Both the stove and the box are in great shape for their age. Quite a lot of tin left on the inside of the box. I'd sure like to see what these tin boxes looked like when they were new. All the old ones have rusted outsides.
     
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    Just noticed that quite early pattern of pressure release screw. There are plenty of date marked Primus stoves from the early 1920s which share a very similar style of cap and screw. So that too would seem to back-up the idea of a pre-1925 date.
    Ian.
     
  6. Doug L

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    I think that box can be a clue to the vintage of your 200. I have a bun foot Optimus 00 with that same box and bottle.

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    Lighthouse, that is really nice. I do appreciate the stove kits. Another fine example, and thank you for sharing it with us.

    Ken in NC
     
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    A beautiful stove very nicely presented.

    sam
     
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    C.C.S ....Love IT.
    Dribbling ...... Ringing all my bells.
    nice
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    Thank you for the overwhelming number of replies!

    It's very interesting to see the differences (or similarities) in design, in comparison to the No.30 and No.00.

    Doug, is the tank also stamped ''Aktiebolaget Optimus Stockholm''? If so, that would further point towards them being of the same vintage. I somehow have the feeling that they were using the left-over 00 tins to accommodate the 200's. This would have been a cheaper thing to do primarily because the tanks are equal in size. Furthermore, I found that the second bracket isn't really necessary as the larger burner basket just barely fits in the bracket without touching the filling lid. It would've been much easier not to have a bracket for it at all.

    (Oh, and Doug, I will be looking forward to reading your pictures and review on the Optimus No.00)

    Many thanks for commenting upon this lovely Optimus 200 stove. I appreciate the input here as it will help us determine whether or not some features are genuine or not.

    Frank
     
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    Hi Frank.

    Brillant collection !!

    I can't say any more. Your Optimus 200 is perfect! :clap: :clap: :clap:

    Many thanks you sharing to us.

    Gunsoo
     
  13. Doug L

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    Hello Frank,
    Here is a photo of the ''Aktiebolaget Optimus Stockholm'' plus a good shot of the fuel cap.

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    The pump knob has a "Z" stamp.

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  14. Lighthouse

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    Lovely pictures Doug. :thumbup: