Optimus Patent No.1 pre-1915

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  1. igh371

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    A bog standard pre-WW1 external NRV Optimus Patent No.1 to complement the several collapsible Traveller variants of this stove which already grace the gallery.

    This standard No.1 is still in remarkably good shape despite its age. The main work that needed doing was several major decoking sessions on the burner before it would comeback to life again. But now, at last, its burning not too badly at all.

    Early features worth noting, in addition to the external NRV lay-out, include the very simple presentation of the legends on the filler cap, the absence of any inscriptions other than the Optimus globe on the tank sides, and the tiny 'pine cone' pre-heat spirit cup.

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    Such a nice, early stove.
    It really does look in great condition.
    I am impressed that the tops of the legs are not burned away, especially as the burner needed lots of decoking - suggesting a lot of use.

    But it now seems to be burning well and is a testament to the original design of these stoves.
     
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    Good point Trevor. I'm really puzzled over the useage issue. You are dead right, most of the stove doesn't look too heavily used at all. And of course decoke requirement can depend as much on what sort of junk has been getting used for fuel as on the amount of use alone.

    On the other hand the pump rod itself, and the burner I think might be replacements. Both are very old, especially the burner, but the original I think would have been like that shown on this Traveller outfit posted by Marblecreek ( https://classiccampstoves.com/threads/21154 ). And if they were replaced, why do that unless the originals had been worn out?

    Discussion elsewhere ( https://classiccampstoves.com/posts/36411 ) prompts adding a better close up here of the tank side logo:

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    Now complete with newly resprayed pan ring:

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    @igh371 could You check/compare details?