Primus No. 4 (1912)

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  1. Tony Press

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    Here is my Primus No. 4 from 1912 (B). It does not have the correct burner (unfortunately).

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    It came with the original instructions (posted here) and a paper identification label denoting it as "Primus No. 4 Self-Lighting".

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    I like the aesthetics of the rounded feet.
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    The (self-lighting) priming dish affixed to the tank.
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    The pump.
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    The stove came with a 1950s Primus roarer burner (The stove was serviced in 1968 - see documents below):

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    The stove came with many additional items (including the fact that it was owned by a Miss Lutz; and that it had been serviced in 1968):

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    Note the duelling blow-lamps.
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    The original instruction sheet from 1912 (in detail here).
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    A flame spreader made from a piece of tinned steel, probably from a 4 gallon kerosene tin.
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    Many prickers.
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    A metho jar.
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    A kerosene tin.
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    And all fitting into this (1971) biscuit carton (note: Australian, not north American, biscuits):

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    1971 printing mark.
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    All I need now is an original silent burner for this stove.


    Cheers

    Tony
     
  2. gieorgijewski

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    great
    first impression is:
    spirit cup low position in 1912?
     
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  5. Toad of the Cape

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    Good morning Tony,
    Very nice find and the patina is that as is found.
    Regards Alex
     
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    Looks good :clap:
    With lots of extras :thumbup:
     
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    @Tony Press

    Tony, you have a very nice and very rare Primus self-lighting stove.
    You already know that it has a replacement burner.
    It was originally fitted with the same silent burner as a No.5 Junior.
    That should not be too difficult to obtain (I hope).

    I would love to see photos of the self-igniting process and if it works as Primus intended.
     
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    Perfect Tony :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup: