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Model, of Woolf's Water Tube Boiler, 1819
model of Woolf's water tube boiler after A. M. Heron de la Villefosse, De la Richesse Minerale, 1819, scale 1:8, patented 1803. Type built by J & E Hall of Dartford, Kent.
'Bell-crank' engine, c. 1799
Model Boulton & Watt bell crank engine, c. 1799. The bell-crank engine design was devised for Boulton & Watt by William Murdock, one of their employees. It was the first 'independent' (self-supporting) engine to be built.
Model of William Murdock's Oscillating Engine, 1785.
Original model of William Murdock's Oscillating Cylinder Engine, 1785
Rotative steam engine by Boulton and Watt, 1788.
Boulton and Watt Rotative Beam Engine - the 'Lap' engine. This is the oldest essentially unaltered rotative engine in the world. Built by James Watt in 1788, it incorporates all of his most important steam-engine improvements. The engine was used at Matthew Boulton’s Soho Manufactory in Birmingham, where it drove 43 metal polishing (or ‘lapping’) machines for 70 years.
Print of Henry Beighton's Engraving of a Newcomen Engine
Framed print of Henry Beighton's Engraving of the Newcomen Engine at Griff, 1717, Henry Beighton, England, 1717-1725. This engraving (the original of which was discovered in Worcester College, Oxford, in 1925) is the oldest known illustration of a Newcomen engine.
Bust of James Watt in Parian Ware made by Josiah W
Bust of James Watt in Parian Ware made by Josiah Wedgwood & Sons from original by E.W. Wyon, 1859, 15" high
Model of Rotative Beam Engine by William Tongue, c. 1804
Model, rotative beam engine, c. 1805, scale 1:8, made by William Tongue, an apprentice with Boulton & Watt from 1797 until 1804. It represents the rotative steam engine as Watt left it upon the expiry of his patents in 1800. Cast iron has replaced timber in the main engine components, and the sun & planet gear has been replaced by a more straightforward crank. The nozzles (valve boxes that controlled the inlet and exhaust of steam at each end of the cylinder) each contain two concentric socket valves of the type introduced by William Murdock after 1800. The eccentric driving the valves was also his improvement.
Peel, Williams & Peel steam engine
Six-column beam engine, made by Peel, Williams & Peel, Manchester, in 1846 and originally used at Thomas Redfern's file-making factory in Stockport. A small beam engine, complete in itself and built as a free standing unit. Sometimes known as a 'wet bottom' engine due to its condenser tank at the base. Also described as a tank bed engine, with 12" x 20" slide valve cylinder.
Model of Sun and Planet Gearing
Model of sun and planet gearing, made by James Watt ,1782-1784, demonstrating the action designed to produce a rotative motion. Preserved by James Watt & Co.
Working model triple expansion vertical steam engine
Working model triple expansion vertical steam engine.
High Pressure Condensing Beam Engine, 1838
model of a high pressure beam engine, made by William Hooper, a 'hammerman' at the Copperhouse foundry, awarded a prize at the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society's annual exhibition at Falmouth, 1838.
Isaac Storey & Sons steam engine indicator
Steam engine indicator, made by Isaac Storey & Sons Ltd., Manchester between 1862 and 1910. The box contains a graph showing the use of the indicator. The graph is on headed paper from John Musgrave and Sons of Globe Ironworks, Bolton.
Collycroft worsted textile mill, 1790
model, scale 1:32, of an 18th century water-powered textile mill; the model is based on drawings of the Collycroft worsted mill, Bedworth, Warwickshire, built c. 1790; interior contains a selection of textile machines employed in various processes; weaving, winding, drawing or doubling, spinning; the machine operators are also shown; the model is finished for viewing from the front only, and is cut away to allow viewing of the interior
Cycloidal rotary engine piston 6" maximum diam. x
Cycloidal rotary engine piston 6" maximum diam. x 6" long
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
Vacuum Gauge by Boulton and Watt
Vacuum gauge associated by Boulton and Watt, for measuring the pressure in the cylinder or condenser of their steam engines.
Model, showing ordinary Flat-ended Lancashire Boiler with flanged seam flues
Model (scale 1:8) of ordinary Flat-ended Lancashire Boiler with flanged seam flues.
Model of a double acting beam type condensing engine
Model of a double acting beam type condensing engine with conical drop valves worked by an eccentric.
Model, of an 'Independent' type beam engine by Boulton, Watt & Co., 1813
Model of an independent type 'Cabinet' rotative beam engine, with self-supporting iron frame and cistern bed, made by Boulton, Watt & Co., and owned by James Watt, c1813, with tin container, for cigarettes, containing nineteen steel flat washers, fourteen slotted brass dome-head machine screws and an ‘L’ shaped flat piece of wood.
Vertical Compound Steam Engine with Hackworth's Valve Gear, 1898
model of inverted compound steam engine fitted with Hackworth's valve gear, scale 1:6, original made by the Brush Co for the City Road Substation of the County of London Electric Supply Co.
Model (Scale 1:8), semi-portable overtype engine, by Robey & Co.
Model of Overtype Semi-portable Engine
Columnar Engine, 1862
Small columnar engine built by the company of Maudslay, Sons & Field, to drive their models displayed at the London International Exhibition, 1862.
Model, scale 1:12, of stationary steam boiler, c.1948
Scale 1:12 model of Paxman Economic boiler, as built by Davey, Paxman & Co. Ltd, Colchester, England, c.1910. Model built by John B. Thorp of London, and mounted in display case.
Metal component associated with the 100 K.W. Radial Flow Steam Turbine alternator with Generator
Metal component associated with the 100 K.W. Radial Flow Steam Turbine alternator with Generator, by C. A. Parsons and Company, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England, United Kingdom, 1891
Two models, showing Thompson's Dish-ended Lancashire Boiler front sections
Model (scale 1:8) of front end of Thompson's Dish-ended Lancashire Boiler with corrugated flues.
Watt's second separate condenser, 1765.
Model of cylinder with separate condenser, formerly described as the "original" model.
Trevithick's High Pressure Steam Engine and Boiler, c. 1806
Trevithick high pressure stationary engine built by "Hazledine & Co., Bridgnorth", no. 14, c. 1806, with timber staging
Pre-production model of a Howden HWP 300 Wind Turbine and Landrover
Sectioned scale 1:40 model of a Howden HWP 300 Wind Turbine, by Angus Model Makers, Glasgow, Scotland, with a 1:43 scale model of a Landrover vehicle & human figure, by Vitesse, Portugal, 1980-1983. The tubine model was constructed prior to production of the real object, which was installed at Burgar Hill, Orkney, on 20 October 1983.
100 K.W. Parsons' Radial Flow Steam Turbine alternator with Generator, partly sectioned
Partly sectioned 100 K.W. Radial Flow Steam Turbine alternator with Generator, built by C. A. Parsons and Company, Newcastle upon Tyne in 1892 for the Cambridge Electric Supply Company.
'Haystack' Boiler, 1775-1799
1775-1799 (original); 1900-1907 (model)
Model, scale 1:12, of balloon or haystack boiler
Parsons' steam turbine generator, 1884.
Parsons' original Steam Turbine generator,1884
Model of Murray's portable beam engine
Model representing Murray's portable beam engine, by James Fox, Derby, 1808
Mechanical counter, 1888.
Engine counter, 6 figures, by Schaeffer & Budenberg, Baukau, Madgeburg, Germany, for reciprocations or revolutions
'Wagon' Boiler, 19th Century
1801-1840 (original); 1901 (model)
model, scale 1:12, of a 20 hp wagon boiler, 1801-1840.
Model of Henry Maudslay's table engine, 1807
Model of Maudslay's 1807 table engine (scale 1:24) with associated components, made by Maudslay, Sons and Field Limited, Lambeth, London, 1807
Letterhead printing block
Letterhead printing block, c.1954-97. Collection part of material relating to L. Gardner & Sons.
Parsons' steam turbine generator, 1884.
Parsons' original Steam Turbine generator, with spare guide ring and fan, by Clarke, Chapman, Parsons & Co.,1884
Crossley Type IHD4 Diesel Engine
Four-stroke diesel engine, Type IHD4, made by Crossley Brothers Ltd, Manchester, c.1960. Used at the Tameside Collecge of Technology for testing different engine loads.
Undershot water wheel used to power a paper mill in Pool-in-Wharfedale, near Leeds.
Rod from the model of Murray's portable beam engine
Metal rod from the model representing Murray's portable beam engine, by James Fox, Derby, England, 1808
"Sirius" steam trap No.1 size, for 5/8" diam. stea
"Sirius" steam trap No.1 size, for 5/8" diam. steam pipe, on wooden stand
Model 0.1cc internal combustion engine
Model internal combustion engine, 0.1cc, by Bert Martin, Southampton, Hampshire, England, 1945
Model flash steam plant
Model flash steam plant by Bert Martin, Southampton, Hampshire, England, 1935
Wooden base for a component from the remains of a Cornish pumping engine
Wooden base for a component from the remains of a Cornish pumping engine, viz "Old Bess", by Boulton, Watt and Company and Soho Manufactory, England, 1777
Single-Cylinder Drop Valve Engine, c1900.
Model Robey 450 H.P. type "E" horizontal drop valve steam engine made by D.W. Gale of Lincoln
Beam engine and associated component
Six column beam engine, unsigned, British, 1820-1840, and used by JA & W Lyon, Bleachers, Leo Street, Peckham, to drive a set of drying rolls, 1836-1905.
Vertical Reciprocating Steam Engine Model
Beam engine model, made by Watkins & Hill, 1818-1851. This model was exhibited by the maker, Wakins & Hill, at the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations in London, 1851. It was later owned by Colonel George John Miller Ridehalgh, who added a plaque with his name and the name of his property, Fell Foot, between 1859 when he purchesed the property, and 1892 when he died. The model is sectioned to show the inner workings of a beam engine, and can be operated to show the movement of the internal components.
Sectional Model of a Beam Engine, 1866.
Sectional model of independent 'cabinet' beam engine by Boulton, Watt & Co., comprising a copy in wood of inv. 1858-1.