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Description: The 1868 H.A. Phillips Historic Twin Cylinder Civil War Era Steam Beam Engine Model in original crazed mahogany glazed display case with original exhibition stand.

Possibly the finest steam engine model to be offered on eBay to date . Do not confuse this with 20th century models etc. commonly offered on eBay.This is a Museum exhibition grade one of a kind model from a life long collection , the model completed in 1868. Includes its original glazed case and exquisite table stand built by Phillips. A once in a lifetime opportunity. Addition biographical information will be amended to this listing. For specific questions contact me through eBay or search engine for Techantiques contact information.


The Fine Model:

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 Civil War era engine before becoming the first Assistant Engineer on the noted -fated 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 one of few survivors 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 mahogany tool box containing many of his tools) several marked with his name along with the remains of his shipwrecked pocket watch, which was recovered by divers, from the wreck of the "City of Columbus", shortly after its mishap! Note: the tool box ca 1860 was used by Phillips through his lifetime and was not on the SS Columbia at time of its sinking. The model was on display at his home.The box with brass engraved name plate, is in excellent original condition with lock set and original keys and hardware.

The upper glass paneled , 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. Acquired from an elderly relative of Phillips from a Maine estate where it was displayed in the library for 115 years along with his watch and toolbox.


Fine details include:

Twin mahogany staved cylinders each of approximately 2 1/2 inch 4 x 3“ stroke with cylinder side mounted valve chests each with adjustable packing glands .cross shaft with drop bars to pedestal mounted linkage driven by twin crankshaft brass eccentrics each with adjustable strap, twin ornate brass webbed main 6 1/2 “ each with double tapered connecting rod with yoke , gibbed and cottered beam ends, strapped gibbed and cottered crankshaft ends.

Additional details include: Four ornate pierced cast iron vertical main bearing pedestals with four adjustable main bearings. Each cylinder with top mounted ornate nickel on brass cross-head guides with highly detailed and executed gibbed and cottered linkage to beams. The left cylinder with crosshead nameplate engraved “built by “ the right cylinder name plate engraved H. A. Phillips 1860. Final details include a single 8 inch diameter cast iron spoked fly wheel with 1 1/2” polished steel face ,crankshaft with teardrop crank arms and adjustable base mounted main bearings, highly detailed and executed brass main throttle valve to under base mounted intake piping all mounted upon a polished 14“ x 10 1/2“ bed plate atop an ornate brass stepped 10 “ x 14“ x 3” all brass silver washed sub base, mounted on original 22 1/2“ x 18“ dark walnut table insert. Weight of engine and wood insert 65 lbs.

Note: the silver wash on cast and brass may be original to the engine as commonly applied during the Civil War period .


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
Original glazed case dimensions: 18 3/4" x 13 3/4" x 13 1/2"

The case sits on an original to the model stand with tapered legs
Tool Box dimensions: 23" x 13" x 11 1/2"

Black walnut plinth under engine base:18" x 21" x 3 1/2" 
Total height: case on stand:46 1/2"
Keywords: Steam engine museum
Location: Waldoboro, Maine, USA
EBAY ITEM NUMBER: 264497667649 Click here to bid on this auction!
EBAY USER NAME: Techantiques Click here to see ALL items from this seller!