A very rare and large antique Model of an Original Horizontal Double Acting Mill Steam Engine, circa 1850
Built by Watt for the Skeffington family of Cornwall.
The brass built engine showing the famous pantograph action mounted on mahogany plinth with single cylinder 2in bore x 2 3/4in stroke with valve over, mounted cylinder lubricator, cross head driven feed pump and pedestal mounted governor straddling the cross head guides, large side mounted 42cm (16 1/2in) spoked flywheel, mounted on a mahogany glazed showcase with brass plaque, case 83x58cm (32 3/4x22 3/4in) and 61cm (24in) high. (This model stood in the library of The Institution of British Engineers in Victoria, London, directly beneath the large oil painting entitled 'Watt in his Garrett' by a Scottish artist that now hangs in the National Gallery of Scotland, the painting depicts James Watt watching the water vapour coming out of a kettle spout hung over his wood fire, in his cottage and this being his first understanding of steam power and is mentioned in their Membership (Brochure G) of circa 1965, later on loan and display at The British Engineerium at Hove, East Sussex from 1990 to 1996.)
- This is a near contemporary model of a Watt pumping engine, circa 1820. The engine of which this is a model was originally made by James Watt in Cornwall for the Skeffington family.