Undated US Coleman 523

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Undated US Coleman 523

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Another one for the Gallery (how is there not a 523 already!?)...
This is a Coleman model 523 two burner, gasoline stove, made for the US Army Medical Dept. during WW2.
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It comes packaged in an aluminum case with a stainless steel lid, engraved with the US Caduceus medical symbol. Included were two copies of the TM 8-615 War Department Technical manual, covering all stoves issued to the Medical Department, as well as an attachable wind screen.
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This undated stove can be found as early as 1943 and into the 1980's by a number of manufacturers. The original patent for this stove was granted to Bestor Robinson, and, according to documentation, may be found with a wheel-style tip cleaner mechanism, similar to the Mountain Stove, though I have never seen one.
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Similar to the Mountain Stove both share the M-1942 military specification, presumably because one is single-burner and this one is two-burner.

The 5,000 BTU burners themselves on the stove are the same as those found on the 520 "G.I. Pocket Stove" and its larger capacity counterpart, the 521.
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The wire legs fold into three positions; closed, 90 degrees, and the angle shown in the picture.
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The front, instruction decal plate usually shows the year of manufacture, but this one only says 'Coleman Model 523, USA MD".
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The fuel "cap" is actually a plug, with a lead gasket. The lack of a raised fuel spout allows the concave end of the tank to be used as a funnel.
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Two spare parts canisters are affixed to the underside of the pot support, both containing items to rebuild the fuel vaporizers.
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A wrench is also included and attached to the stove frame.
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This unit is very loud with both burners running, and is designed to run on gasoline, both leaded and unleaded, although the main allowance for leaded is the extra vaporizer parts that will readily clog with contaminants.
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That is a beautiful piece, Carlton.
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Nice stove and great write up Carlton. Some also had a bunch of spare parts envelopes with the stove.
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I have an undated, unfired example just like yours. Mine has the spare parts envelopes, but I'm missing the TM 8-615 manual.
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That's a great piece.
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An excellent example. IMO, it deserves a place in the gallery. Nice write up along with supporting documentation.
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