Radius no. 5.S:or

Discussion in 'Radius No:5 (inc S:or)' started by Gneiss, Apr 20, 2014.

  1. Gneiss

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    I picked up this today...

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    I noticed in the reference gallery that people have dated theirs. What am I looking for to do the same with mine?
     
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  2. snwcmpr

    snwcmpr SotM Winner Subscriber

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    You might try searching the Radius catalogs and match the stove to images in the catalogs.
    Well, until someone dates it for you.

    Ken in NC
     
  3. Wim

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    Like Ken said, have a close look at the pics in the catalogs. Things to look for are changes in the engravings. One easy thing to check is "Ltd" , from 1938 Radius stoves had the name followed by Ltd. So, no Ltd means older than 1938 :D/
    (that's about all I know about them... 8-[ :whistle: )

    Best regards,

    Wim
     
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    Hi Gneiss,

    Radius produced well-made and often innovative stoves.

    Radius operated for 50 years, between 1913 and 1963 so that gives a half-century "window" for the possible manufacturing date of your stove.

    Unfortunately, like most stove manufacturers, Radius, did not date code their stoves.

    However, you have been given good advice so far and you should study the dated catalogues for a stove like your model.

    Wim has told you about the importance of the "Ltd" marking.

    Another guide to dating is the presence and size of the Radius "shooting star" logo on the tank. If the logo is present, the size and location can help in dating.

    It can also help to look at photos of other Radius stove models in the Reference Gallery for changes in tank markings, as these were often carried out across the whole model range at a particular time:

    https://classiccampstoves.com/threads/5587

    https://classiccampstoves.com/threads/26276

    https://classiccampstoves.com/threads/4019


    Your stove is an S:or model, which is also interesting; have a look through this post to see what it means:

    https://classiccampstoves.com/threads/124

    Finally, the better and more numerous the photos you post of your stove, the more likely someone on CCS can help with information and possible dating.

    Trusts this helps,
    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
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  5. Gneiss

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    I need to give it a good cleanup so that I can read the markings properly and stand a chance of them showing on a picture...

    Hopefully I'll get a chance this coming weekend.
     
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    All cleaned up and hopefully some images to help with the dating... There is no "Ltd" after the name Radius anywhere on the stove, so pre 1938. I really had no idea it would be anywhere near that old.

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    Finally a flame shot...

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    Hi Gneiss, nicely presented Radius stove with lots of good photos. Among the languages used on the tank is Cyrillic Russian script. It is in the " old" form which the Revolutionaries Decreed to be changed in 1919. However, the Swedish stove makers continued to use the old script probably until the late 1920s/ early 1930s so perhaps that puts a latest date on your stove.

    https://classiccampstoves.com/threads/26123
    Best Regards,
    Kerophile
     
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  8. Gneiss

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    Thanks...

    Would mine have originally had a pan ring?
     
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    Hi Gneiss, yes your stove would probably originally have had a pan- ring but over the past 80+ years it has likely rusted away.

    Your research is correct and few would disagree with you if you claimed your lovely Radius stove was made in the 1930s.

    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.