Optimus Optimill - 1920's or earlier

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  1. Admin

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    The information below, is from the seller, regarding a little history of the stove :

    I'm afraid I don't know much about the stove...........My dad died 2 years ago and I've been clearing out his many sheds.He didn't like to part with anything so I've had a bit of a job to say the least.I'm 43 and the stove was never used during my lifetime.......so I don't know when dad acquired it.His dad was a Methodist missionary - you never know the stove may be very well traveled...............might even belong to the Methodist Church!We're emigrating to Australia in a few months so I'm having to get rid of all surplus items to make the move easier........maybe if I knew more about the history of the stove I would have hung on to it - ah well........Enjoy your new toy.

    .........my Granda was based in the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas in the early thirties.There would have been trade between there & the States.Not sure of his exact movements - I know he was there during the great hurricane of 1932 - Rev Walter Crowe - lived on Elbow Cay - near Hopetown.There's some info on the net about this period.............

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  2. Admin

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    I would be very surprised whether there would be many of these stoves in existance.
    The Non Return Valve on the top of the tank, not the best idea. I was surprised to find that the tank is steel and not brass - battered, but rare.
    If anybody is thinking about using glue on wooden handles, forget it - the heat transfer from the burner, will melt the glue.

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  3. snwcmpr

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    iani,
    That is so cool.
    Thank you.
    Ken in NC
     
  4. Pinky

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    Lovely stove Iani! :clap:

    I was hoping it had gone to someone here.

    Have you considered gently stripping the red paint with denatured alcohol or something to see if any of the Optimill lithographs are left?

    Congrats on a fantastic score!!! Not many of those floating about!
     
  5. shagratork

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    I agree with Pinky.
    It would be great to think that under the red paint there might be:

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