Very interesting Primus tin (1925)

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  1. Tony Press

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    I am in Prague at the moment with a spare day of overcoming jet lag and scrounging the second hand stores.

    I came upon this Primus tin. It’s one of the larger (or largest) ones. The owner of the store was a bit OCD so it took some time for him to let me even photograph it.

    It is ridiculously (repeat, ridiculously) over-priced (a shop near the Old Prague Square) - otherwise I would have walked out with it.

    It’s in “very fine” condition (as the coin collectors say). But what is most interesting is the engraved initials (I presume), the date, the price, and some other number on the tin.

    The engraving says “RU 1925 [?/VI] 13,75Kr 12402”.

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    Cheers

    Tony


    NOTE: if anyone wants me to pick this up for them send me a PM.
     
  2. kerophile

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    Hi @Tony Press The Primus tin is in amazing condition for its age!
    My near contemporary is put in the shade.....but I have the contents as well.
    Primus 221L - 1927 *

    Enjoy your visit. Even you must feel the heat in this exceptional European June. It was in the high 30s deg C yesterday when I left Vienna.
    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
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    Hi @Tony Press you state that:

    The engraving says “RU 1925 [?/VI] 13,75Kr 12402”.

    to me your question mark could be a "17"

    Which would then read, in part, RU 19 17/V1 25....

    This could be a date: "17 July 1925" so perhaps the date of a presentation or prize??

    The 13,75Kr could possibly refer to 13.75 Koruna, the currency of Czechoslovakia at the time:

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    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
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    @kerophile

    Indeed the two numbers above and below the line represent the day/month. I was working off my phone, so I wasn’t sure what the top number was, but the bottom Roman Numeral is for the month.

    The 13,75Kr is price, but the “12402” is not something I recognise.

    Cheers

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  5. shagratork

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    Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, is a very interesting city.
    The tin is unusual but I am surprised it is so expensive.