Model of Henry Maudslay's table engine, 1807

Made:
1807 in Lambeth
maker:
Maudslay, Sons and Field Limited
and
Henry Maudslay
Model (scale 1:24) of Maudslay's patent 1807 table engine Model (scale 1:24) of Maudslay's patent 1807 table engine

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Model (scale 1:24) of Maudslay's patent 1807 table engine
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Model (scale 1:24) of Maudslay's patent 1807 table engine
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Model of Maudslay's 1807 table engine (scale 1:24) with associated components, made by Maudslay, Sons and Field Limited, Lambeth, London, 1807

Maudslay developed his table engine as a compact, self-contained unit that required only simple foundations. This 1:24 scale model was used, like his other models, in the design process to develop the full-size machine. The description 'table engine’ refers to the framing that supports the cylinder.

The traditional attribution of this model is to Henry Maudslay the individual; he was certainly a highly skilled mechanician and his use of models is well documented. However, it should be borne in mind that the attribution might equally be to Maudslay's the company, given the boss's renown for imbuing best practice technique in others, and the size of the workforce.

The model is one of the smaller items acquired from the company after they closed down in 1900.

Details

Category:
Motive Power
Object Number:
1900-194
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), iron and paint
type:
model table engine
credit:
Maudslay, Sons and Field Limited