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Electromagnetic engine model, c 1840.

Electromagnetic engine model, c 1840.
3 7 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 29cm


This electromagnetic engine was typical of the engines of the time in that it used reciprocating motion like a contemporary steam engine. These engines were not succesful for a combination of reasons; they reflected contemporary steam engine technology which was inappropriate for electricity, they lacked a suitable power source, and they had to use batteries which were too costly. Made by Watkins & Hill of Charing Cros, London.

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