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Monitor paraffin stove

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Monitor paraffin stove




Hermione Cooper

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Brief Description

Portable camping stove, primus type in silver coloured metal storage box with handle. Fuel type paraffin. Box has hinged lid and simple press button opening mechanism. 8 ventilation holes on three sides of tin , 24 in all. The stove is designed to be used inside the tin and the tin acts as a pot rest. It has removable screwtop for fuel reservoir and has a pump and a removable priming dish. It has removable spreader plate.


aluminium and brass


16.5(h)x13(w)x 13(d)cms,Stove13.5(h) 12.5(diameter)cms.

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Inscription Description

Inscription "MONITOR" on front of tin and red sticker with " the seal of safety and efficiency British made MONITOR tested and guaranteed" on lid. The stove has inscription "BRITISH MADE MONITOR" on top and "PARAFFIN ONLY "on side.


dirty silver and browny gold



Object Production Place



Based in Stechford, Birmingham. England, Monitor were a prolific manufacturer of stoves & blowlamps. Their range included standard roarer & silent paraffin models as well as the smaller third pint "picnic' stove. A small petrol model, the Monitor "Minor" was also made in the 1930's similar in style to a Primus 71 with an ornate windshield/container. The origins of the company are so far unclear but they were owned from an early stage by W.Parkinson & Co.
This one seems to be a 1956 version and possibly ex M.O.D stock.
The name Monitor for the stoves is allegedly derived from the fact that the first ones were used on the monitor ships of the British Royal Navy - according to the 1938 'Gampedia' catalogue from Bukta.
Parkinson itself was later incorporated into Parkinson Cowan Ltd, manufacturers of gas meters, central heating systems & domestic cookers At what stage Monitor was wound up as a stove manufacturer I don't know. Parkinson Cowan later became part of the British corporate giant Thorn EMI before being sold to Swedish company Electrolux in 1987.

Acquisition Method

Donated by Victor Gall

Acquisition Date


Condition Check Date



Spectrum : UK Museum documentation standard, V.3.1 2007



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