Optimus 96

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    This is my Optimus 96. I do not know what year it was produced.

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    G'day @Cookie , it's a great little stove, congratulations :thumbup:
     
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    @ROBBO55 Thanks Rob

    @kerophile Thanks for the information kerophile. I looked at my lettering up close and although it is similar it is not the same. The major difference that I noted was that the "N" on the "NO 96" mark is different. Yours seems to have an arched interior sort of like an "A" style design whereas mine seems straight sort of like a "V" style design. Also, look at the differences in the "0". Mine seems elongated versus yours. Lastly, the bottom of the curve on the "9" is higher on mine.

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    Mine
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    I would also like to point out that the nice little tin that came with the stove doesn't allow the stove to fit inside and the tin to close. The air screw is too high with the legs folded and the screw all the way down.
     
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    Here are some of the stoves in the gallery with similar features in the stamping that I mentioned above. Looking at these stoves leads me to surmise that the lettering and numbering pattern in which my stove exhibits in the same as the earlier stoves that others claim are from the 1930's-1950" era's. My stove is of course newer but I notice the change to the arched text in the letter "N", the elongated "0", and the up-swept lower section on the number "9" tends to be more apparent in stoves produced in the 1960+ eras (based upon the claims of the stove owners). My workload is heavy at the moment and when I get a chance I will try again with stove in hand for a better comparison.

    Optimus 96 1930's v1 or v2

    Optimus 96 - V3 - Triplets. (far right stove)

    Optimus No. 96

    Early-ish Optimus No.96.

    Optimus 96, circa 1930?