Rhodes Steam Generator, Patent Model

This model was submitted to the U.S. Patent Office with the application for the patent issued to William K. Rhodes, of Portland, Maine, June 29, 1869, no. 91869.
The model represents a horizontal inclined water-tube boiler with solid headers and horizontal baffling. Each header is constructed with its outside face vertical and the tube sheet perpendicular to the tubes so that the front header has a larger volume at the top to be used as a steam reservoir, while the back header has a larger volume at the bottom for water.
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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
boiler, steam, model
patent model, generator, steam
date made
patent date
Rhodes, William K.
overall: 9 1/2 in x 9 1/2 in x 9 in; 24.13 cm x 24.13 cm x 22.86 cm
overall-from catalog card: 7 in x 10 in x 9 in; 17.78 cm x 25.4 cm x 22.86 cm
place made
United States: Maine, Portland
associated place
United States: Maine, Portland
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
patent number
Engineering, Building, and Architecture
Industry & Manufacturing
Bulletin 173
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Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Bulletin 173
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Related Publication
Frank A. Taylor. Catalog of the Mechanical Collections of the Division of Engineering United States National Museum, Bulletin 173
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