WW2 Mountain/ Ski Gas PRENTISS-WABERS STOVE, U. COMPLETE with Wrench, Spare Parts Holder, Extra Generators, and Storage/Cooking Canister!This one's a true BEAUTY! Contrary to what many collectors have concluded about its association with Mountain/Ski troops, this Stove was designed for and made available to all ground troops: Armored personnel, Rangers, Paratroopers, even the Seabees and the U. This was the lightweight answer to the Soldier's foxhole cooking needs. " "When you gotta have coffee, you gotta have coffee.. This Stove, also referred to as a G.
Pocket stove, is complete with the following issue items (which are often missing). The Multi-purpose WRENCH/TOOL which fastens to the protruding "post" above the Control KNOB. The Steel SPARE GENERATOR Box HOUSING which clips to one of the Pot Support Brackets. Plus three GENERATORS : An Original "New Old Stock" SPARE GENERATOR ASSEMBLY, Stock No. Another in the BOX HOUSING.
And still a third inside the PUMP ASSEMBLY! The Aluminum 2-piece STORAGE/COOKING CANISTER.
Both of the ORIGINAL KNOBS are present and operate smoothly (the small turned WOODEN one and the Black Star-shaped "BAKELITE" Control Valve Knob). The glistening Stainless Steel TANK is in SUPERIOR condition with no major dents, scrapes, or evidence of seam-failure. The Knurled Solid Brass FUEL CAP and Pressure PUMP ASSEMBLY are free of tarnishing and in absolutely perfect condition with REPLACEMENT PARTS still inside!The Leather GASKET in the Pump is supple and works smoothly, freshly oiled with NEATSFOOT OIL, generating pressure! There are the usual traces of careful use, e. Carbon on the SPIRIT CUP and BURNER PLATE. This Stove retains its ORIGINAL "pale sunflower" INSTRUCTIONAL DECAL.
These highly perishable "Pale Sunflower Yellow" INSTRUCTIONAL DECALS rarely survived exposure to heat and fuel, or were scratched up extremely easily. This Stove comes with its ORIGINAL light-weight 2-piece Aluminum STORAGE / COOKING CANISTER stamped U.None of the three Stove manufacturers supplied a Canister. These were provided solely by C. It closes with a'bayonet mount' to two different heights a llow it to accomodate the earlier, taller gas stove. This Canister has the usual dents from the internal force of the Stove itself, as sell as a'crease' on the top from an external bump.
Overall this Canister'Cook Set' rates a solid Combat Serviceable. The PRENTISS-WABERS PRODUCTS COMPANY of Grand Rapids (the town later renamed,'Wisconsin Rapids'), Wisconsin. Under the Sears, Roebuck and Co. " name they produced a "Master Chef / Auto-Camp Stove / Sears, Roebuck and Co. " and another stove in the 1930s labeled as the "Kook Rite.Was one of three contractors of this vastly improved M1942 - MOD. (3) Aladdin, 1944, 1945 production years. (3) Coleman Appliance who only produced stoves in 1944. PRENTISS-WABERS History by George O. Jones History of Wood County, Wisconsin , Ch. Set up shop in 1915 in Grand Rapids, Wisconsin. Taylor was president and the largest investor in the company. Prentiss was secretary and C. The company produced camp stoves and kitchenettes. " The company became known as " Preway in the 1950s and worked out of the factory that later was acquired by RCH Enterprises. Prentiss-Wabers Stove had many ups and downs in its early years. In 1934, a line of porcelain stoves was moved from a Chicago factory to Wisconsin Rapids, where 170 men worked on their fabrication. A double shift was planned and several buildings along First Street North were used for production. The major problem was that the city was not ready to house the many families that arrived in the area. It took a while to modernize homes that workers from the Chicago area were accustomed to living in. The company received its first World War II contract in 1942 for bombs, detonator fuses and field kitchen equipment. During the war, most civilian products were eliminated except for kerosene stoves, trailer stoves and fuel-oil heaters.
Prosperity continued and in 1956, the company manufactured a refrigerator, followed by a dishwasher is 1961. In the 1960s, the company moved from cooking to heating equipment. The biggest success was gas and electric built-in ranges, and the company was well known for its fireplaces. The 1960s and 70s were the best years for the company. In the 1970s, Preway opened a plant in Stevens Point and they also had plants in Perris, Calif.
Killeen, Texas, and the Netherlands. As the business grew, so did the size of the buildings and the number of employees. The plants were located in Evansville, Ind.And manufactured outdoor grills and air-conditioners. Like Preway , they were long-time suppliers to Sears. This was the beginning of the end for Preway.
It was like a minnow swallowing a whale and the deal sent Preway into the tank, said a resident who recalls the time. Years of lawsuits and losses followed.In 1986, Preway moved its corporate headquarters to Stamford, Conn. And the fireplace division was kept in Wisconsin Rapids. Losses continued, and the fireplace operation closed in 1987. Although employment was seasonal, Preway once employed more than 700 workers. The average number of employees was just less than 500.
From the exceptional summary, " SklColorado: Steve's Life in Colorado". By the time the Africa campaign began in 1942, construction of Camp Hale, in Colorado, was pretty much completed and U. Ski troopers were being trained in skiing, climbing, winter survival and ordinance.Camp Hale eventually became known for its 10th Mountain Division. Bestor Robinsons Stove Patent Drawings.
Somewhere, in this same timeframe, Bestor Robinson , a lawyer, mountaineer and director of the Sierra Club in California prior to WWII, was assigned to a team at the U. Army's Office of the Quartermaster General with the role of improving clothing and equipment for the army's mountain divisions. The team was led by Robert Bates , who was an avid mountaineer, and it's worth reading his short bio. During this time, Robinson, was granted patents for the design of a compact stove, which is regularly called the "mountain stove" by many today.
His patent designs for the stove and various parts of it can be found by searching the web for these numbers: Patent No. The contract to build the new little stove was apparently awarded to the Aladdin Industries subsidiary of The Mantle Lamp Company of America or Mantle Lamp themselves, and manufactured under the name Aladdin , similar to the parent company's well-known lamps. It's kind of confusing exactly who made it, since The Mantle Lamp Company made Aladdin lamps, and they had a subsidiary with the same name, plus, Mantle Lamp eventually merged with Aladdin. Aladdin is still in business today. You may be familiar with some of their products which sell under the Stanley vacuum bottle name and other food and beverage containers.The first model of the stove is commonly called the "wheel stove, " by many collectors, because of the horizontal wheel used to operate the stove's burner. My understanding is that the wheel design was to allow troopers to operate the stove in cold weather without removing their gloves or mittens. This model was only made by Aladdin and only in 1943. For reasons unknown to me, the stove was modified from the wheel design to one somewhat more conventional after only one year, particularly in the valve stem. This second stove model is known, and is stamped, as the M-1942 MOD , where MOD denotes modified.
The model was also produced by Aladdin in 1944, and Prentiss-Wabers a. Known as Preway of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin and possibly by one other company (possibly Coleman), however, I have been unable to confirm this. In 1945, the M-1942 MOD was produced by Aladdin, Prentiss-Wabers and Coleman. Coincidentally, Aladdin and AGM/Thermos ended up in court over the right to manufacture vacuum bottles in the late 1950s. It seems that the term thermos became a generic name, much the same way that the word Kleenex is used instead of facial tissue, or when Xerox was a generic term for making a duplicate paper copy.
I've never seen manufacturing year stamps past 1945, so it appears that the stove was very short-lived with a production run of only three years; one year being the wheel stove and two years as the MOD-ified stove. What gives this stove such a long life, is that it is mostly stainless steel and brass. Unlike other stoves of the same era, which have steel founts (tanks), steel pot-support/burner frames, and steel tip-cleaner stems, this stove doesn? T get destroyed by rust.
However, I've worked on two 1943, M-1942 "Wheel" Stoves , which is the early model, and it is not made of stainless steel and can have rust in places where the zinc has worn off. The stove itself is a good design and I've found it reliable and enjoyable to use. The tank is stainless steel and I've never seen the M-1942 MOD with rust in it or on it. It will typically need a good cleaning, especially because it was designed to run on regular gasoline and was regularly used with that fuel. The gasoline will leave sediment in the tank and generally clog the vaporizer screen.It had a spirit cup for preheating the vaporizer a. Generator, folding feet and pot supports and an 8 ounce tank. Robert Bates, contributor to the design of the M-1942- MOD. Stove and other WWII U.
Bates was born in Philadelphia and was the son of William Bates, a classical scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. He briefly attended the William Penn Charter Schoo l, and then Phillips Exeter Academy. He attended Harvard University from 1929 to 1935. At Harvard he was a member of the Harvard Mountaineering Club and with Charles Houston, Adams Carter, Bradford Washburn and Terris Moore was part of the group of climbers later known as the "Harvard Five" who would push forward the standards of American mountaineering in the 1930s.
In 1937 Bates, with Bradford Washburn, made the first ascent of Mount Lucania in Yukon, which was then the highest unclimbed mountain in North America. It was also one of the most remote and inaccessible and had been declared "virtually impregnable".The pair enlisted the aid of the pilot Robert Reeve to fly them to the mountain, but when they landed on the Walsh Glacier the aeroplane sank into the unexpectedly soft snow. After they had spent five days digging it out Reeve departed, warning Bates and Washburn that he would not be able to return to collect them as planned and that they would have to walk back to civilization. The pair climbed Mount Lucania , and the nearby Mount Steele, and were then faced with a 100-mile (160 km) trek through wilderness to Burwash Landing , without maps. They abandoned some of their food to save weight, expecting to restock at a cache left behind by an earlier expedition. However, the cache had been plundered by bears, and Bates and Washburn survived on mushrooms and squirrels during the trek out. Flooded rivers forced them to detour many miles out of their way, and they had eventually walked an estimated 156 miles by the time they reached Burwash Landing , 32 days after arriving on the glacier. The two men lost around twenty pounds each during the walk out. In 1937, Charles Houston invited Bates on an expedition to K2 for 1938, the world's second highest mountain. It was the first expedition to the mountain for nineteen years, and while the focus was on reconnaissance and assessing the feasibility of different routes, Bates was part of a group which reached within 800 m of the summit on the Abruzzi Spur , which would become the preferred route on the mountain. The expedition failed due to bad weather and the illness of Art Gilkey, but was widely praised for the courage shown by the team in their unsuccessful attempt to save Gilkey. During the descent, Bates and five other climbers were involved in a near-fatal fall, saved only by the strength of Pete Schoening, who was the last man on the rope. Bates later received the David A.
Sowles Memorial Awar d for his part in the attempted rescue. During the Second World War Bates served in the United States Army and was assigned to the Office of the Quartermaster general, where he worked on the development of improved equipment and clothing for the army's mountain divisions. He recruited a skilled wartime team that included mountaineers William P.
Wood III, Bestor Robinson , H. Adams Carter, Terris Moore, Bradford Washburn and Australian arctic explorer Hubert Wilkins. He reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) and was awarded a Bronze Star (BS) and the Legion of Merit (LM). After the war, Bates taught English at Phillips Exeter Academy. He continued mountaineering throughout his life, and at the age of 74 led an expedition which made the first ascent of Ulugh Muztagh in China.He also spent a year in Kathmandu directing a Peace Corps project, and served as president of the American Alpine Club , which awards the Robert Hicks Bates Award t o promising young climbers in his honour. Bates was the author of several books. With Charles Houston he wrote accounts of their two K2 expeditions as Five Miles High and K2 - The Savage Mountain ; the latter being regarded as a mountaineering classic. He also wrote Mystery, Beauty, and Danger , a study of mountaineering literature, and Mountain Man: The Story of Belmore Brown , the biography of an artist and explorer. His autobiography, The Love of Mountains Is Best , was published in 1994.
The item "WW2 Mountain Gas STOVE Sgl. / PW-1-1945 Complete NEAR MINT" is in sale since Friday, March 19, 2021.This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\United States\Field Gear, Equipment". The seller is "bataan12213" and is located in Little Rock, Arkansas. This item can be shipped to United States.