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Not Blacksmith question but related, Help identify 1890 Vertical Steam Engine, 1/4 HP Not a Toy,


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Neat little Steam Engine, cant find any maker marks to identify the brand, Hope some one knows more about it than I do, and tell me what it is, I have done some research and appears to be around a 1/4 horsepower, the person I got it from said it was his grandfather's who was a dentist, maybe used to run the dental air compressor or tools, it has an old patina brass color, well made, all there except the leather belts that run from the crankshaft to the governor, it is turns freely and u can hear it suck air, it is around 22 inches tall, the frame is brass and so is the cylinder and governor they are all brass , the crank shaft; the connecting rod are steel; the flywheel is cast iron, the whole thing weighs around 25 pounds, the bore is around 1&1/2 inches and the stroke is around 2inches flywheel is 6 inches, I have found some new reproduction kits on the net but nothing like this, I found a company the around 1890's sold a small 1/4 hp steam engine as a kit u assembled but it didnt look like this one, and you can tell this engine has been around for ever, I found 3 on the net that were old and around the same size and age but were Horizontal Engines the owner said were used to run sewing machines, old peanut roasting machines, popcorn machines and the like, also don't know if I should polish it, it would be tempting, any help on the maker appreciated someone thought maybe a small marine engine since a lot of brass used

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Best place to find out about this little engine is here. http://www.smokstak.com/ I have a friend up the road from me, Dewayne Fuller, that is a member of this site and he has a little gathering of folks at his place each April. You can see all sizes of these type engines and they are a lot of fun to watch! I have been asked to set up and demo for them this year. Should be fun, if I can make it that is.

BTW, where are you from?

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Best place to find out about this little engine is here. http://www.smokstak.com/ I have a friend up the road from me, Dewayne Fuller, that is a member of this site and he has a little gathering of folks at his place each April. You can see all sizes of these type engines and they are a lot of fun to watch! I have been asked to set up and demo for them this year. Should be fun, if I can make it that is.

BTW, where are you from?

Stlouis area, I posted a inquiry on smokstak few days ago, but no luck yet, steam engine meet would be really interesting
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