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  • SOLD1868 H.A. Phillips Twin Walking Beam Steam Engine Model INQUIRE


    1868 H.A. Phillips Historic Twin Cylinder Steam Beam Engine Model

    AN IMPORTANT 1868 TWIN CYLINDER STEAM BEAM ENGINE with a FASCINATING NAUTICAL PROVENANCE* A remarkable and beautifully cased scale model, "live steam" engine model signed: "BUILT by H.A. PHILLIPS 1868". Mr. H. Alonzo Phillips brilliantly crafted this interesting post Civil War engine before becoming the first engineer on the noted passenger steamship, the "CITY of COLUMBUS" which was shipwrecked off Martha's Vineyard on January 17th, 1884. The accident claimed over 100 lives and was considered one of the worst maritime disasters of its time. Fortunately, Mr. Phillips went on to a long and successful maritime career, later becoming Chief Engineer on the side-wheel passenger steamer "City of St. Louis". The engine is accompanied by H.A. Phillip's original brass labeled tool box (containing many of his tools) and his shipwrecked pocket watch, which was recovered by divers, from the wreck of the "City of Columbus", shortly after its mishap! The upper glass sided, black walnut case, in which the engine resides, measures 18” wide by 13 3/4” tall and 13 1/2" deep. On its original stand, the combination measures 46 1/2" tall. Both engine and stand are in superb, original condition. Recently acquired from an elderly relative of Phillips from a Maine estate.
Dia. of flywheel: 8 1/2" with a 1 1/2 face 
Length of beams: 6 1/2" each tapering to 1 1/2" above bearing location 
Width: between beams: 7" 
Width: 10" over crankshaft 
Overall height of engine from bottom of brass box-bed to center of beams: 14"
Box-Bed dimensions: 14" x 10" x 2 1/2
Glazed case dimensions: 18 3/4" x 13 3/4" x 13 1/2"
Tool Box dimensions:23" x 13" x 11 1/2"
Stand dimensions:30" x 18" x 14" 
Black walnut plinth under engine base:18" x 21" x 3 1/2" 
Total height: case on stand:46 1/2"