Thompson Ritchie 3 pint boiling set. 1900-14 period.

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  1. igh371

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    Through the Edwardian period, and on up until the outbreak of WW1, alcohol spirit burning boiling sets became very popular picnic accessories with the English upper-middle classes. The Thompson Ritchie boiling set was one of the 'higher-end' offerings. In their case Thompson Ritchie twinned one of their unique fast boil copper kettles with one of the 'deluxe' model proprietary French alcohol burner bases. This is an unfired 3 pint outfit.

    The flame can be regulated by raising or lowering a cylindrical shield, using the reservoir top adjuster knob, to either uncover or shroud a second row of burner jet holes:
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    The burner unit has a detachable perforated windshield:
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    This being an unfired outfit it has enabled me to find the answer to a question which has puzzled me regarding the slack fit of the burner on other similar outfits that I have seen. What I find here is a second wick, a wick sock, sleeved on to the outside of the main burner unit in addition to the main internal wadding wick:
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    I presume that the outer 'sock' wick will be an aid in lighting up/ priming, but it also steadies the otherwise quite loose burner. Unfortunately I am drawing blanks so far in trying to source an equivalent new sleeve to fit to my other T-R burner unit.
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    The kettle is fully presented in this link, and there is also a second example of the 3 pint outfit here.

    The flame pattern? Well this is from my other burner, the one above remains unfiredO:):
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    Very nice. Mine was apparently well used.
     
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    Very nice Ian. :thumbup::thumbup:
     
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    Very nice indeed:)