Optimus No.8R Embossed from 1958/59

Discussion in 'Optimus No:8R' started by kerophile, Jun 27, 2018.

  1. kerophile

    kerophile United Kingdom SotM Winner Subscriber

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    Hi, here are some photos of an Optimus 8R made around 1957/8 I believe;

    P1100026.jpg P1100030.jpg P1100028.jpg P1100036.jpg P1100031.jpg P1100032.jpg P1100034.jpg P1100033.jpg P1100035.jpg P1100025.jpg P1100024.jpg P1100023.jpg P1100022.jpg P1100021.jpg P1100020.jpg P1100019.jpg

    The features that make me believe that this is one of the early Op.8R stoves, produced around 1957/8, are as follows:

    1. Fully embossed case.
    2. Self-adhesive Optimus Globe logo.
    3. Slot-type SRV on filler cap.
    4. "Cookie Cutter" pattern knob on regulator spindle.
    5. Fitted burner support bracket on back wall of case.

    This stove has had an interesting life. I bought it about two years ago from a man who had been a volunteer in a Scottish Mountain Rescue team, and also involved in Youth Adventure training. I aquired this stove and an Optimus 111 which he said regularly accompanied him in these activities.
    I cleaned up and refurbished these stoves but did no restoration on the cases, apart from giving them a coating of wax polish.

    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
  2. OMC

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    Thank you for this early example Kerophile,

    Your "?" in title is noted. 8R discussions we've engaged in elsewhere indicate the 1st 8R was offered in 57/58 or 58 (fwiw 57-58, myself I'm not yet clear on ).
    > Note: the 1st 8R is a version earlier than your example above, as you know.
    1st version 8R used the rounded "8" case (same case as the last version of the 8).
    On the 1st 8R case, Optimus covered the "8" with a lil round 8R sticker. This earlier version is seen here.

    Side comment re 8R nickel tanks:
    Yours is brass, the earlier example appears to be nickel.
    It has been suggested that the earliest 8Rs were nickel (even further that 1st 8R used up No.8 nickel tanks).
    To the contrary and maybe to clarify, to your credit btw, is that the 1st 8R may have been offered in brass w/nickel as an option (makes sense). ... and the 8 nickel tanks were not used-up on early 8Rs, it is a different tank.
    very best regards omc
     
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  3. Optimust

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    @kerophile

    Hi, optimust here, You can be absolutely
    certain your 8r is from the dates you state. I bought my first in 1958 & the next
    the following year. Both were identical to yours. They still serve me very well with only the seals being replaced. The case of one was flattened by a car wheel & the burner/ tank unit is housed in a modified
    pair of U.K. Army mess tins. I know you will enjoy your stove as much as I have
    Mine. Best Regards. Optimust.
     
  4. kerophile

    kerophile United Kingdom SotM Winner Subscriber

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    Hi @Optimus Thank you very much for your input. In the absence of dating codes direct personal testimony is so valuable.
    So 1958/59 it is!
    Thanks again,
    Kerophile
     
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