"jews harp engine", 1845

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Sep 22 01:29:03 UTC 2012

On Fri, Sep 21, 2012 at 5:21 PM, Garson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> quited:
> "Her engine is of the kind, known as the
> steeple engine, improved by the addition of double connection
> rods, with vibrating cross head, which passes through
> the main cross head and works upon guides; by balance
> valves fitted with expansion gear to cut off the steam at from
> 1/4 to 2/3 of the stroke of the piston, and also by an
> improvement in the air pump bucket, which has a circular
> double-opening valve."

Precisely my understanding. It's the modifications cited that give to
this type of "steeple" engine its supposed resemblance to a Jew's

Another mention of "steeple engine" in connection with Jew's harp:

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