1880's Brass Walking Arm Live Steam Engine Model - Fantastic 19th Century Model
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1880's Brass Walking Arm Live Steam Engine Model - Fantastic 19th Century Model:
Wonderful, ca1880's or 1890's Exceptionally Well Made, Horizontal Live Steam Engine Toy Model featuring a finely crafted walking beam mechanism. This larger size, brass and cast iron Live Steam Engine measures approx. 7 3/4" tall to the top of its original tin brass steam line and 12" by 9" at its original, mahogany base. The Live Steam Engine is made almost entirely of brass with some of the small parts made of iron (we first thought that the Engine was made mostly of cast iron because almost all of the surfaces have a dark, almost black patina but after testing with a magnet and doing some discrete surface testing we determined that this is an almost entirely brass Engine).
The mechanism of this wonderful Walking Arm Steam Engine is both intricate and exceptionally well made and it features a very heavy, brass boiler mounted on a heavy, “L” shaped brass “table” style stand. The Boiler fits down into the stand and the upright cylinder, walking arm and flywheel are all mounted on this stand. The steam line connects to a chamber of some sort with a “rocker arm” at the top that pivots and travels up and down and the steam enters the chamber. This small “chamber” is attached to the upright cylinder that drives the walking arm which rotates the flywheel and delivers the motive force to whatever device the Engine is driving.
We are not experts on Live Steam Engine Models but it seems obvious to us that the Steam Engine offered is not a mass produced toy but rather a bench model made by an exceptionally skilled, 19th century machinist. We have been unable to uncover any similar Model and would GREATLY appreciate any information that might help us to more definitively identify this fantastic Walking Arm Live Steam Engine Model.
We have not tested this 19th century, live steam engine but it appears to be in excellent, running condition and we guarantee it be as such. The Engine is 100% original and nearly 100% complete (lacking only its original burner). The Boiler is made of a heavy gauge brass and is sound with no breaks, cracks or holes. The drive mechanism is free turning, intact and sound. The motion of the mechanism is elaborate and fascinating and is in excellent, working condition. The Model could use a good cleaning and a once over by a knowledgeable collector / mechanic and could likely be shined with the result being an amazingly beautiful, nearly all brass Steam Engine Model. Overall this 19th century Model is exceptionally well preserved and displays beautifully. Please see the numerous scans below for a good indication of the form and condition of this outstanding Live Steam Engine Model.
An exceptionally rare and wonderful, finely crafted, nearly all brass, 19th century Walking Arm, Live Steam Engine Model and a fantastic addition to any collection!!!
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