This is a Coleman surgical instrument sterilizer, first made available during the Korean War. Fred Kuntz got this unit with the original box and crate
(not shown) and stamped #40 of 114.
The stove is model 523 and is dated 1956.
This Coleman Model 426B unfired stove is undated
but the Wichita newspapers used in the packing are dated May, 1957.
This 3 burner stove is in John Stendahl’s collection.
The strap legs are retracted in this image.
Coleman records indicate that they made their Model 413E stove
from 1954 through 1960.
John Stendahl, whose collection this is in,
believes this is the earliest version of the 413E’s.
The tank is still copper painted but is now seamed around the middle
and made from two pressed pieces of steel.
This appears to be a second version of the 413Es,
according to the owner, John Stendahl.
This version is the same as the one above
but also has a wire spot welded to the grate
to hold the generator (and tank) in place when stored.
This third undated 413E version is in Suzanne Kennison’s collection.
The stove legs now have three height positions
to adjust for uneven ground (Stendahl)
and there is a wire spot welded to the grate to hold the fuel cap
(and tank) steady when it is in the case.
The tank is now red painted steel, not copper.
The Coleman 500A differed from the 500 noticeably in the round wire grate, rather than scalloped, and a large filler cap offset only 45 degrees from the pump.
This stove, in Glenn Knapke’s collection,
has a steel fount and is dated June 1961.
The grate on the last to be manufactured 500A’s
had the legs bent over and spot welded to the frame base plate.
This Model 426C is not date stamped
but the instruction booklet is dated September 1961.
Don Ostby, whose collection this is in,
believes this is the last Coleman 3 burner model with a towel rack,
evenly split grates, and retracting leg assemblies.
Coleman’s Model 501 stove was only on the market
for a couple of months before it was recalled
due to problems with the circular generator
which didn’t vaporize fuel properly.
Most were recalled and replaced by the company.
This one, dated June ’62, is in Jerry Engbring’s collection.
Coleman redesigned the 501 stove as Model 501A
and changed the fuel flow so fuel now went first to the shut-off valve then the generator.
This 501A stove (left), in John Morris’s collection, is date stamped Aug. 1962.
You can see a new instruction label over the earlier 501 label.
Coleman made the 413F two burner stove from 1961 to 1964.
This like-new 413F, in Brooks Wilson’s collection,
came with the original paperwork
which includes a Feb ’63 date code.
This 3 burner Coleman Model 443,
in Scott Stewart’s collection, was made in 1963.
The parts are aluminum and steel as noted for Model 442A below.
Model 442A has an aluminum case
with red painted steel tank;
the windscreens are red painted aluminum.
This stove, in Glenn Knapke’s collection,
has a date code for January, 1964 on the tabs
that hold the tank on the case.
Coleman’s made the 425C stove in the mid-1960’s.
The stove is not date stamped but the instruction sheet
has a printer’s date code of 1963.
The tank is now painted red and the legs fold under stove during operation.
This stove is in Suzanne Kennison’s collection.
This Model 476.74970 for Sears is the two burner version
of Model 476.74980 below.
This stove, in John Stendahl’s collection,
is date stamped May 1967.
Coleman made this 3-burner stove for Sears
as Model 476.74980.
This stove, in Dave McFarlan’s collection, is dated Jan. 1965.
It is similar to Coleman’s Model 426C from that period
but has radiating grate rods and has flanges on the end panels in lieu of legs.
Dave got an aluminum Sears No. 0 funnel with the stove.
Early 426D stoves were made in 1964-66 (Stendahl),
and can be recognized by the diamond openings along the lower sides of the case,
the grate is split in half for accessing the space below,
the grate bars are not curved above the burners,
and the feet (lower image of one of four) are spot welded to the bottom of the case.
This stove, in John Stendahl’s collection, is dated October, 1964.
This early 413G, also in John Stendahl’s collection,
shares some of the features of the early 426D stove above
including the diamond cutouts in the side panels,
the straight grate bars,
and feet that are spot welded to the bottom (not shown).
The tabs on this stove are date stamped August, 1965.
This Coleman 425E two burner stove (upper image) is date stamped September, 1969
on the tabs that hold the tank on the case of the stove. Brien Page got the stove with the shields that you see in the front and two sides of the case.
The shields are part of the Coleman Toaster, Griddle, Broiler accessory,
5140-425, in Michael Morgan’s collection (lower image), made for the 425 stoves.
Coleman made this Model 425E for Gold Bond, a trading stamp company,
finished in that company’s gold color.
This stove, which appears to be unfired, is in Bill Whitten’s collection.
One of the tabs that attaches the tank to the case is stamped 0
(the letter O – for October – Stendahl) 7 2
but the bottom of the case is stamped 2 73 (February, 1973).
Coleman stove Model 502 is common as a used model in the US.
This one, dated May, 1972, was only used a few times
and came with the original box and papers.
The ribs on the collar match the ribs on the base rests
of Coleman lantern models 220F and 228F,
from this same period.
Coleman made this 2 burner stove for Sears in May, 1973,
that Sears sold as their Model 476.72244.
This paint color of this stove, in Scott Wickham’s collection,
matches the paint color on lanterns
that Coleman made for Sears during the early 1970’s.
These Coleman stoves for Sears, Model 476.72301, are date stamped Jan ‘1971.
The one on the left was converted to burn alcohol (upper image)
by Nashcraft, a company in San Juan Capistrano, California, perhaps for marine use.
The main burner must be preheated with a teaspoon of alcohol
poured into the burner wick (lower image).
These stoves are in John Stendahl’s collection.
The Model 425 series stoves were made by Coleman
for several decades beginning in the 1940’s.
This Model 425E, in Monte Dodge’s collection, is dated July, 1973
on the tabs that hold the tank on the case.
Coleman made this stove for Sears that they sold as their Model 476.72245. This stove is date stamped August 1973 on a tab that attaches the tank to the front of the case. This stove is in Aaron Goccia’s collection. The grate pattern is different from the stoves Coleman made to be sold under their brand.
Model 413G lacked folding legs and was made in two versions.
The earlier version appears above on this page.
Beginning in 1967 the grates featured openings for the burners and rounded depressions stamped in the four corners of the base instead of legs. This stove, in Philip Rhoades collection, is date stamped Mar, 1974 (tank) & May ’74 (stove case).
The stove is sitting on a No. 10 stand, Model 591B499, from the same period.
Patented in 1976, this cook top was made by Campro Inc.
“Cooks free! Right on top of the world’s most popular lantern!”
Images on the box show cooking eggs in a small frying pan
and making coffee.
The notch at the top accommodates the handle of a small frying pan.
This cook top is in Brien Page’s collection.
Coleman – Toronto made this Model 576 stove for Coleman – Wichita.
This model shares a number of parts
with Coleman – Toronto’s 505 Model.
This stove, which is date stamped January 1977,
is in Dave Robinson’s collection.
Coleman Model 459 Easy-Lite stove above is the same as Model 413G above except for the fuel valve. This stove has a unique fuel valve that uses a cam, with a flat Viton o-ring,
to control all functions of the valve. The generator needle and Fuel/Air rod
are also controlled by this cam (Bob Archambault).
This unfired stove, dated March 1978, is in John Stendahl’s collection.
This Coleman stove is three-burner Model 426D.
The stove, in Mike Baker’s collection,
is date stamped Sept. 1979.
The stove has rounded depressions
stamped in the four corners of the base instead of legs
or spot welded feet as the early 426D above.
This Model 400 stove was made for the Peak 1 line
of smaller appliances suitable for backpacking.
The lever on the left controls the flame
while the red-tipped fuel lever on the right has Off, Light, and Run positions.
This stove, in Bevin Alexander’s collection,
is date stamped December 1981.
Model 400A likely differs from Model 400 above
in having a plastic fuel-air pickup and a Neoprene pump cup,
according to Matt Highstreet, whose collection this is in.
This stove, date stamped January, 1989, is unfired.
The stove cook kit and wrench for this stove can be seen here.
This Model 413H stove, The Powerhouse,
in Brien Page’s collection, is dated Oct. 1986.
Coleman Model 508 (left) date stamped Dec. 1985 and 508A (right) date stamped Nov. 1995 differ primarily in the pump design and the tip cleaner location.
Model 508 has a separate tip cleaner lever (black tipped lever)
while Model 508A has that feature built into the on-off lever.
Model 508A also has the newer style pump assembly
that requires a special 4-pronged tool to remove.
This US Model 550B stove was purchased by Canada’s National Defense
It is date stamped January 1994, after the Coleman – Toronto factory had been closed.
The stove was stored in an aluminum case (right image)
labeled with identifying numbers and inventory stickers.
This stove is in Agostino Del Coro’s collection.
Coleman made this Classic single burner camp stove,
Model 502A740J, for the Japanese market.
This stove, in Dean DeGroff’s collection,
has never been used, includes the box and papers (not shown),
and is dated September ’95.
This Model 414 (above) and 424 (below) are two stoves Coleman made in the mid ’90s that came with electronic ignition.
This Dual Fuel, Powerhouse stove, in Henk Kloosterman’s collection,
is date stamped February, 1996.
The red knob on the left front of the case
controls the spark generation (below the “A”, right image).
This 424 stove also has electronic ignition. The grate on this model appears to be smaller than the grate on Model 414 above. Patent 5,417,565, applied for in October, 1994, was for the electronic ignition invention. This unfired stove, dated February, 1993, is in Aaron Goccia’s collection. Also see the 424 stove below that lacks electronic ignition.
Two-burner Model 424 and Model 414 below were also sold without electronic ignition as seen here. It is a dual fuel model (unleaded gasoline or white gas/Coleman fuel)
but the generator life is longer with only the latter fuel.
This model was sold by Coleman in Canada.
This stove, date stamped Mar. 1996, is in Mike Baker’s collection.
This Model 440 stove was imported by Coleman Canada
after it was made by Coleman in the US,
several years after the Canadian factory was closed.
This stove, in Bill Klock’s collection, is date stamped June, 1997.
Another version of the 502A stove above made for the US market
is this 502A712 version which is date stamped Sept. 1997.
This unfired stove is in Tim Treutler’s collection.
Coleman made this 100 year Centennial Commemorative stove
for the Japanese market and included a soft carrying case.
Chrome-plated steel, each stove is individually numbered
on the plate on the fount.
This one is dated March 2001
and is in Jerry Engbring’s collection.
The label on the stove lid identifies the model as 414C455. The steel case is stamped 3 03 while a tab on the tank is dated 2 03. Tim Daniel noted that “These were developed originally for the Japanese market and was expanded to the US as a market booster for gas appliances. They had a premium up charge. Not sure how many were made, but they were short lived.” Model 414 stoves in this period were usually finished in green paint. This stove is in Bill Ivey’s collection.
This Model 442 Exponent stove
is identified as a Dual Fuel model
and is dated July ’07.
The stove, in Matt Highstreet’s collection,
differs from his Model 400A above
but lacks the separate flame control lever.
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