Miniature Steam Engine, ca 1880

Miniature Steam Engine, ca 1880

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Description
This is a miniature operational model of a simple box-bed engine. Box-bed engines were also known as mill engines and were common sources of power for facilities such as cotton mills. It measures just 1 1/8 inch in length. It was donated to the museum in 1961 by J.C. McDowell, son of the maker of the tiny model.
Object Name
Engine, Steam
engine, steam, minature
engine, steam, miniature
date made
ca 1886
Measurements
overall: 3/4 in x 9/16 in x 1 1/8 in; 1.905 cm x 1.42875 cm x 2.8575 cm
flywheel: 1 1/8 in; x 2.8575 cm
ID Number
MC.319415
catalog number
319415
accession number
237077
Credit Line
Gift of J. C. McDowell, Cannonsburg, Pennsylvania
subject
Model
Steam Engines
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Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Engineering, Building, and Architecture
Exhibition
Power Machinery
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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