200A and 202 reproduction
frames back
in stock.


Some things we come by the easy way, some the hard way.  Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve experienced both extremes.  I’ll explain with reference to the photo below:  Left to right,

Primus 71 with accompanying Edelweiss cook kit of wind screen and 3 nesting pots.  The set of choice among my hiking/climbing buddies in our teenage years and later.
Optimus 8R – well known to many of you.

Optimus No. 45, about which I know very little.

Ford wrench

Dietz No. 2 Cold Blast

Coleman 200A USFS lantern (2/’73)

Coleman 413D

Coleman 200A USFS lantern (4/’68)

   The Coleman items were the easy ones.  A friend (one of my old climbing buddies) had a friend who was cleaning out his garage.  Knowing I was interested in such things, he texted asking whether I wanted the stove.  I said sure, I’ll take it, mainly because he was kind enough to think of me (I already have three Ds – okay, 4 now).  I only had to drive 200 miles one way to pick it up.  Then, a month or two later, he texted me with a picture of a 200A and asked whether I wanted it, too.  It was coming from the same garage cleaning friend of his.  I had to drive that way anyhow (see below), so I went by to pick up the stove and lantern.  But when I got there, he had a second 200A, and both happened to be USFS lanterns.  What could be easier?

   Now the hard ones.  My 92-year-old father-in-law had to leave his home of 60 years to move here into a ‘retirement home.’  He was my boss before he was my FIL and he was a climbing buddy before he was my boss and he was a hiking buddy before he was a climbing buddy.  We went to the same church before that, so he has been in my life probably since I was about 5 years old (longer than that for my wife lol).  The move is hard enough emotionally, but the pandemic puts it on a whole new level.  The Dietz is probably from his childhood home, but no one knows for sure.  The Ford wrench probably came from the family car.  The stoves will be reconditioned/restored and offered up to any of his grandchildren who will actually use them.

   By the way, note the graphic on the No. 45 tin.  For those of you who have been wondering how to write ‘Optimus’ in the Persian alphabet, now you know.

Some nice finds for sure! Also some sentimental ones ðŸ‘
Toby Garner
ICCC #1939
Nice haul. I have an Optimus 45 but no tin so a little envious you even have the spirit bottle.And that 71 with the cook kit is just cool.

Mil-SpecOps #0219
Stovie and Damn proud of it

how long does one have to be dead before it’s considered archeology  and not grave robbery?

Nice finds and a great story.  I always enjoy hearing where this stuff is found.  Best wishes to your FIL and your whole family as he enters this new chapter.  
- Courtenay
Be Prepared
Nice scores with the USFS's and Dietz.

I love the stoves!
The Optimus 45, tin and pre heating alcohol tin look to be in great condition.
The 71 and Edelwiess is a cool collection addition, and the 8R looks clean.
The 413 looks like a good honest user.

I hope his grandchildren will appreciate and use them, in the meantime enjoy playing with... I mean reconditioning/restoring them


Living and learning in NZ
Hoping to reach cognitive and emotional maturity before my children do.
I've never seen the cook kit for the Primus '71. Prime set for my generation was the Sigg Tourist w/Svea 123--very similar.

Some great scores there, and even better stories!
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
Texan's last words: "Y'all--hold my beer--I wanta' try sumptin'."
Timm--Middle of nowhere, near the end of the road, Oregon.

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