Horizontal Engine with Corliss Valve Gear, c. 1898


Single cylinder non-condensing horizontal engine, Corliss valve gear, by John Musgrave & Sons Ltd, Bolton, 1898. Part sectioned to show valves, scale 1:6

This very fine model was built by the high quality modelmakers T. and C. Coates Bros of Wallington, Surrey. It represents a full-size engine built for a jute mill in Kolkata, India, by John Musgrave & Sons of Bolton, the highly regarded and prominent Lancashire steam engineers. The company constructed over five hundred engines for cotton mills in Lancashire, and this model demonstrates their success in the international marketplace too.

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Motive Power
Object Number:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), cast iron, gunmetal, paint, wood (unidentified) and wrought iron
overall (not including flywheel pit): 450 mm x 1150 mm x 507 mm,
overall weight:
Coates, C.J. and T.

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