Grasshopper Steam Engine

Made:
1861

Grasshopper steam engine, single cylinder 10 1/2" diameter by 15" stroke, by Easton Amos and Sons, London, 1861

This compact engine was purchased for use pumping water for fountains at the Royal Horticultural Society's Wisley gardens in 1861. In 1891, it was moved to the Royal Albert Hall, London, where it drove a borehole pump before begin retired in 1921 and presented to the museum. The round section flywheel rim was popular throughout the 1860s, and this small, self-contained engine must have been a stock article for Easton and Amos, selling in some numbers.

Details

Category:
Motive Power
Object Number:
1921-533
Materials:
bronze (copper, tin alloy), cast iron, paint and wrought iron
type:
stationary steam engine
credit:
Council of the Royal Albert Hall