Splendor - Italy - late 1920s or 1930s?

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  1. igh371

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    There is an aphorism 'from the sublime to the ridiculous', but this is both the sublime and the ridiculous. This seems to be an Italian locally made copy of a model of stove sold by Sievert/Svea as their No.12. The 'Splendor' name seems to relate to an American brand of kerosene lamp oil, and other examples exist which were made by Svea with this brand name added for the Italian market (e.g. here, here and here). The stove presented here however, although a Svea look-a-like was most definitely not made by Svea. The tank shape, with its bulbous base is clealry not Svea, nor is the external NRV which has a heavy oversize 17mm hex dome cap as opposed to the 15mm Svea standard. The tank top too is not a Svea profile and the riser assembly is very odd. The rise is 2-part semi collapsible and, despite its bulk, is only threaded for a '00' size burner.

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    The legs similarly have a superficially 'Svea' look but the feet are actually separate brass rings added to the leg end, almost certainly more expensive to produce than the originals which were being cloned! Another feature of the legs is that the tops were clearly not intended to require a separate trivet, with long reaches making them a stable base of a wide range of pan, kettle and dare one say it coffee percolator sizes.
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    I had 2 burners available for this stove, one an unbranded almost standard '00' size burner, but with a base hex for a 19mm spanner, the other an Italian made FIAP burner(q.v.) with a No.1 size top but '00' base threads. The former proved to be totally beyond repair, leaking like a sieve at multiple points around the central U-tube:
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    The FIAP burner, however, has proved perfectly satisfactory. FIAP were a known Italian brand and may have been the actual manufacturer of the stove as a whole, other features, such as the odd, larger than normal, air screw thread, are more reminiscent of the problematic non-Swedish Sirius and Astra stoves.
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  2. Ed Winskill

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    Splendid!
     
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    It's defenatly something different. With a certain odd charm. :-k
     
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    At first glance I thought it was a SVEA!
    More than a little Italian Artistic License there :lol:

    Nice stove, nice runner. Is it a conventional external NRV in there?

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    Same configuration as a normal Svea or Lux external NRV - just a little more agricultural in the execution:lol: