Model of William Murdock's Oscillating Engine, 1785.

Made:
1785
maker:
William Murdock

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Original model of William Murdock's Oscillating Cylinder Engine, 1785

This is thought to be an original William Murdoch experimental model of 1785. The model’s cylinder is made of wood, with a simple slide valve and eccentric-driven air pump. It is a very early essay in a small and self-contained engine, which Murdock later returned to with the side-lever or bellcrank engine. Murdock's employers, Boulton and Watt, did not pursue the oscillating engine as a design as they did the bellcrank engine, but it was adopted on a considerable scale for early marine engines during the nineteenth century under the auspices of Joseph Maudslay.

Details

Category:
Motive Power
Object Number:
1894-133
Materials:
complete, wood and wrought iron
Measurements:
overall weight:
type:
models
credit:
Mr. W. Murdock.