Optimus 77 or 91?

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  1. bikamper

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    All, I acquired this Optimus alky stove at an antique store in Maine last week. Is it a 77/77a or a 91?

    The 91 on the tag is the booth number, but maybe it's my answer. I actually got it for $7.20.
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    Looks like it is mostly there.
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    It does work.
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    I had my youngest grand daughter with me while messing with this. That little kid is in awe of the world around her. Should have seen her face when I lit a strike anywhere match.
     
  2. BigScott

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    Looks like my 77 which I was given as present from Sweden in the 1970's
     
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    BTW welcome back bikamper,
    you grouchy old gits are one of the very best things about CCS.

    Nice find, congrats! You can call it a 77A, I'd say that's accurate. Optimus made earlier similar stuff, the exact terms escape me and not sure yours applies to anything earlier than '73?
    If you look at this 1973 ad and look at afterburner's 77A it all matches yours. I presume your burner is unmarked and a match do discussion in afterburner post. 1 thing I'll note: the 73 ad and yours have strap loops on the pan lid.
    I get impression yours is 77A a match to c. 1973 offering and maybe a lil later. I think afterburner's 77A is slightly later than yours.
    An aside your strap is a match to afterburners.

    Re 91 i believe there is an early military 91 (large burner) and
    a (much) later "91 purple flame" (small burner / yours is not that).
     
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  4. bikamper

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    Thanks, Big Scott and OMC.

    It needs a bit of a cleanup but I think it will find a home in the trunk of my sidecar.
     
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    I have three of these and find them very useful stoves. As to their true ID ( 77,77a,91) I have no idea
     
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    Had you promised them the Shetlands?
     
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    :roll:Some folk claim they still belong to Norway!