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Christiania Glasmagasin Paraffin Stove

Accession Number

1028.2012.1(a-h)

Object Name

Christiania Glasmagasin Paraffin Stove

Created

31/10/2012

Creator

Hermione Cooper

Accession Date

31/10/2012

Brief Description

Paraffin Stove in blue Christiania Glasmagasin hinged metal box with carrying handle.Three pot rests, and two burner parts.

Materials

brass and steel with tin box

Dimensions

Box-17.5(l) x17.5(w) x 9(h) cms Stove 13(diameter) cms

Inscription Description

"HØVIK VÆRK" on bottom of stove.On box oval plaque with "CHRISTIANIA GLASMAGASIN" and flowery motif.

Colour

boz-blue, stove-gold

Object Production Place

Norway

Provenance

Christiania is the old name for Oslo,capital city of Norway(it changed in 1924) and Glasmagasin literally means glass shop or glass store - so we have a paraffin stove that comes from the Oslo Glass-shop!
Christiania Glasmagasin did actually begin life as glass suppliers back in 1739 but soon diversified into porcelain for kitchens and bathrooms, kitchenware and household goods until, in 2012, it is what we would call a department store, and a very successful one at that.
Primus, the most popular paraffin stoves in the world come from just over the Norwegian border in Sweden and at some point, we suspect the 1930's, Christiania Glasmagasin started producing their own version. Made just up the road at a place called HØVIK, this seems to be an all Norwegain stove, and it seems this particular brand stayed pretty much at home as very few turn up elsewhere.
Having spent much of his mountaineering life in Norway, founder of The Scottish Mountain Heritage Collection, Mick Tighe, has a soft spot for all things Norwegain and as a result, bought this stove on the internet for a few pounds in 2012.

Acquisition Method

Doanted by Mick Tighe

Acquisition Date

31/10/2012

Condition Check Date

31/10/2012

Rules

Spectrum : UK Museum documentation standard, V.3.1 2007

Modified

31/10/2012

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