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Brass water turbine model
TitleBrass water turbine model
Full Size Image
SubjectMachinery--Models; Water-power--United States--History; Water-power--Massachusetts; Machine industry--Massachusetts--Orange; Hunt, Waite & Flint; Turbine industry--United States--History
DescriptionMachined brass working model (3 x 3 x 3.5 inches) of a large water turbine of an advanced, highly efficient type that was used to power New England mills in the late 19th century. The model is easily disassembled to show all its internal parts and how they interact. It has a freely spinning rotor with a clutch device on the end of its shaft, and an operable rack-and-pinion-driven gate that demonstrates how an operator of the full-sized unit would activate and deactivate the turbine by opening or closing off the flow of water to it. Every nut, bolt, screw and individual rotor vane has been fabricated by hand and meticulously finished. This was probably a salesman's or a company executive's model, used by a representative of the turbine manufacturer to demonstrate the product in faithful miniature to mill owners and millwrights who were the prospective buyers of full-size units. It bears a brass nameplate engraved 'Hunt, Waite & Flint/Pat'd June 15, 1869/Orange, Mass.'
CreatorHunt, Waite & Flint, Orange, Massachusetts
ContributorsPhotographed by Eric Weber
IdentifierWHS 84-1 Water turbine model
RelationIn the collection of the Williamsburg Historic Society, Williamsburg, Massachusetts
RightsPermission to publish the image must be obtained from the Williamsburg Historic Society by writing to or The Williamsburg Historic Society, Williamsburg, Mass., must be credited as the original source of the item for all use.
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