Primus 96 not sold in 1912(B) or recycled in 1913 instead?

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  1. hikerduane

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    The Primus 96 stoves I see in the SRG have the over stamped "B" by a "C", the "B"'s look like they have a period next to them. One member here has a different model that has a clear "B" with the period stamped on the fount bottom. Did the 96 get released in 1912, or were so many extra founts carried over and restamped with a "C"? I've read thru a few posts in the SRG.
    My over stamped BC and my C. Only a couple more stoves to finish off firing up these in my arsenal. A few spanners with no stamping, some of the thicker ones, many with the Primus on each side, so cool.
    Notice the two burners, the thinner base one is off of my B/C, those seem to slice into the lead washer instead of flattening it out at the top bung and the wider base spreads the lead out to form a wider seal. My thoughts. The separate air release screw is a really neat feature, but really prone to knocking off as proved by many of my early 96's with repaired air screws. I believe the 96's worse design flaw.
    Duane
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    Melhuish is one of several retailers in England just before the start of WW1 who used soldered on brass cartouches to enhance and advertise their businesses. These cartouches are found on both stoves and blowlamps, and on some box outfit tins. There are a good few scattered around the SRG.

    Other examples also come from a variety of other countries including Russia, Germany and Bulgaria.
     
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    Couple of links to some other similar English retailer advertising cartouche examples: here and here.


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    Thank you for the links, your stove was what I saw last night.
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    Rd Melhuish Ltd was a tool/ironmongery supplier. They did catalogues for mail order, some of which are on the internet (that's another hour of my life I won't be getting back!).
    I found the text of 1905 cat.15 which reads:
    Primus Stoves.
    Noiseless and Self-Igniting.
    Nos. 4 5.
    These burn as quietly as a gas stove, almost without
    noise, and the flame lights itself. No pumping is
    therefore necessary until a convenient time after the
    Stove is alight. Pumping afterwards is only required
    once an hour for ordinary cooking. Nos. 5 and 4 are
    recommended for general family use in the house.

    Primus No. 4 holds i| pint paraffin, price 10/6 each.
    *y >) 5 yy yy yy >> 12/9 ,,

    The Primus Nos. o and 1 are recommended where
    a little noise is not objected to. For outside use the
    Primus Nos. 1 and o are preferable, as they are less
    sensitive to draught.

    Primus No. o holds i| pint paraffin, price 10/6 each.

    1 •• „ „ „ 12/9 „

    Camping Primus.

    The burner, with stem, and also the supports, are removable,
    to allow a complete stove to be packed in a flat box, 3! in. deep.
    The stove can be carried ready filled for use, as screw covers
    prevent spilling of oil.
    The Camping Primus is sent without Cast Iron Top Ring,
    except ordered extra.

    Primus No. 1000 (burner like No. 1) is best for outdoor use.
    Price 12/6 Tin box, 5 /- extra.

    Primus No. 1001 (burner like No. 5) nearly noiseless.
    Price 12/6 Tin box, 5 /- extra.

    Capacity of Oil Tank, 2 \ pints.

    Above found at Full text of "Melhuish's No. 15 Catalogue of Woodworkers' Tools, Machines and General Contractors' Appliances, Etc."

    Elsewhere I found scans of catalogue pages for Melhuish's, which, sadly, was not a complete scan and did not have a publication date but they are later than your stove as they have the PRV integrated in the filler cap.

    Regards
    Dean