If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services. This is an extract from an article in Time magazine: "Business was slow the last year of the Civil War but Truckson La France of Elmira, N. Y. had an idea. You would be quite wrong. I have read, understood and agree to Bonhams. Left: The internals of the Silsby water-pump. This engine is now the property of the Crocker-Wheeler Electric Company. The high steam consumption was of little interest- the cost of coal must have been a miniscule proportion of the cost of maintaining a fire brigade and turning out to a fire. He put on his best bowler and went to call on the rich Diven family. In 1892 the company was merged into the American Fire Engine Company. It is significant that none of the many photos of old steamers show any lagging on the boiler or steam pipes. The rotary steam engine type used was light, compact, simple and reliable. Silsby rotary steam fire-engines were first manufactured in 1856. In 1892 the company was merged into the American Fire Engine Company. Payment for purchases may be made in or by (a) cash, (b) cashier's check or money order, (c) personal check with approved credit drawn on a U.S. bank, (d) wire transfer or other immediate bank transfer, or (e) Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit, charge or debit card.
1884 Silsby Steamer.
The Silsby Manufacturing Co. was the key player in this, becoming the largest maker of steam fire engines in the world.
EMBED. In 1892 the company was merged into the American Fire Engine Company. The engine and pump were claimed in the same patent by Birdsall Holly. The Centennial monorail was powered by what was described as a "rotary steam engine of the La France type". Click fireman to left for photo history of the Oxford Fire Department. The resemblance to the Pappenheim/Murdoch type of engine is obvious. This Silsby is on display courtesy of American LaFrance, LLC at the American LaFrance Museum in Charleston, South Carolina. The Auction of the Estate of Dr Ralph W.E. Steam pumper fire engines were used roughly from 1840 to 1920 to pump water on city fires. Mr. In 1897 Thomas Manning Jr. & company replaced the original rotary style pump with a vertical piston unit capable of pumping 750 gallons-per-minute.
1886 Silsby Steam Fire Engine. 1 FIRE MUSEUM OXFORD MA. share.
Inventor La France made his first fire engine in an old brick house, sold it to Elmira. I think the the engine is on the right, because the pipe fitting looks too small for the water pump. The company was founded in 1845 and ran through 1890. US$ 100,000 The rotary pump had been patented the year before by employee Birdsall Holly. Very similar indeed to the engine. Please refer to our This auction is now finished. Left: A Silsby rotary-engine steamer, circa 1885. Given the emphasis on raising steam in the shortest possible time, a powerful blast might well have been more important than economy. I think the the engine is on the right, because the pipe fitting looks too small for the water pump. inc. premium. Item Preview remove-circle Share or Embed This Item. "I want money to make it with."
For years a jug of molasses was regular equipment on the old "La France.". THE SILSBY ENGINE The rotary pump had been patented the year before by employee Birdsall Holly.
Silsby steamers were highly successful- Silsby was the only firm that built more than 1000 engines. I think the the engine is on the right, because the pipe fitting looks too small for the water pump. Another possible reason is that if the gear-type rotary engine worked non-expansively- which it certainly appears to do- then there would have been a lot of energy left in the exhaust steam. (In 1937 consultant engineer W E Millington stated that the running time of a London fire engine pump was 5 weeks in a total working life of 15 years) In 1892 the company was merged into the American Fire Engine Company.
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