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M1950 Coleman Stove

Accession Number

899.2011.1

Object Name

M1950 Coleman Stove

Created

24/02/2011

Creator

Hermione Cooper

Accession Date

24/02/2011

Brief Description

American made military camping stove with three hinged feet.Cylindrical shape.Three fold out pot rests.

Materials

steel

Dimensions

17(h) x33(circumference) cms

Number Of Objects

1

Inscription Description

Indistinct warning notice.

Colour

green

Maker

Coleman

Object Production Place

USA

Provenance

This wee stove has a bit of an identity crisis and it's perhaps best if we let a senior member of the Coleman empire tell the story.
" The M1950 Military gasoline one burner stove is descended from the #520 "Pocket stove" also called the Ernie Pyle stove.
Coleman called theirs the Model 536 Military burner. Several companies(Coleman,Aladdin,SMP and Wyatt) made/marketed these neat little stoves because the components were not patented. The Coleman version came in a can that doubled as a water/cooking container.
Why no patents? If you go back to the 520 Pocket stove - the US Government asked Coleman, AGM and Aladdin to work together and produce a small portable stove that could burn 52-100 octane fuel in conditions ranging from -60 to +125 degrees F. The companies worked together, shared ideas and began development in April 1941. The first working model was demonstrated 51 days later. The millionth stove came down the production line in August 1945 and was presented to General Eisenhower."
Our little stove seems to be a 1950's version as the title M1950 implies and was acquired by Mick Tighe when he was working with the American Army in 1974. It was subsequently used - a lot - by Mick's mountain guiding company, Nevis Guides, which is why it looks a bit stressed!

Acquisition Method

Donated by Mick Tighe

Acquisition Date

24/02/2011

Condition Check Date

24/02/2011

Rules

Spectrum : UK Museum documentation standard, V.3.1 2007

Modified

24/02/2011

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