Sickels Tripping Cut-Off Valve, Patent Model

This model was submitted to the U.S. Patent Office with the application for the patent issued to Frederick E. Sickels, of New York, New York, February 24, 1852, no. 8760.
This model represents a valve chest and drop cut-off valve of the Sickels type in which an adjustable cam operates the catch during the opening movement of the valve so that the valve may be released as near the beginning of the closing movement as is desired. In the earlier cut-offs the catch was operated by the closing movement alone, and the valve could not be tripped until sufficient closing movement had taken place to operate the whole extent of the catch.
This description comes from the 1939 Catalog of the Mechanical Collections of the Division of Engineering United States Museum Bulletin 173 by Frank A. Taylor.
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Object Name
valve, cut-off, model
patent model, valve, cut off
date made
patent date
Sickels, Frederick E.
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
iron (overall material)
overall: 20 7/8 in x 12 1/4 in x 6 1/8 in; 53.0225 cm x 31.115 cm x 15.5575 cm
place made
United States: Missouri
associated place
United States: New York, New York
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catalog number
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Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Industry & Manufacturing
Bulletin 173
Engineering, Building, and Architecture
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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