Domestic steam engine

Made:
1884 in Leeds and England
maker:
Hathorn, Davey and Company Limited
Davey's safety steam motor 1884 with 1 fire bar only and 1 screwed flange probably associated

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Davey's safety steam motor 1884 with 1 fire bar only and 1 screwed flange probably associated
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Safety steam motor by Hathorn, Davey and Co. Ltd, 1884, with 1 fire bar only and 1 screwed flange probably associated

This engine was an attempt at producing an engine capable of providing safe, useful power in a domestic setting. It ran on the vacuum created by condensing steam, on the atmospheric principle, so that no high steam pressures were utilised. This meant the motor could be looked after by untrained domestic labour, with no fear of explosion.

Details

Category:
Motive Power
Object Number:
1888-182
Materials:
brass, cast iron (possibly), glass and steel
Measurements:
stored weight: x x , , 710kg
overall weight (inc. pallet): x x , , 756kg
type:
motors
credit:
Hathorn Davey and Co.