We have some engines we'd like to know more about. Can you help?
Welcome to visit also the
mystery page in Swedish, "oidentifierade" , where we have sorted in
the engines believed to be of domestic origin only.
pictures show an engine of unidentified origin. We would very much
appreciate any suggestions or comments from you visitors to help us
identify the maker as well as other related information.
Please where to ask for such information ? firstname.lastname@example.org
We received a theory from Mikael Nilsson that the "N" marks the pole on the magneto to be met by an "S" on the other side (which is not). The symbol is uncertain but could it be an instruction of some kind?
On a similar magneto we found the name "Fischer" next to the marking on the picture to the left. Could "Fischer" be the magneto's manufacturer and is there anyone who can tell us more about Fischer?
090917: From the following movie on youtube, we can find an equivalent engine although in a diesel version. In the film the machine is built into the self-portable bandsaw, and the engine is said to be as a product of Christopher & Unmack Diesel Mfg. Research is now underway to obtain more information about both the band saw question and that firm. The link to the movie is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Y_aIY8Pk30
Vennset / "Wens et Cie"
The next mystery engine is the
portable steam engine known as the Venset-lokomobil.
We received following reply from Dean Lehrke (Thanks for your help, Dean!):
If you look on the enclosed list from the steam engine group that I belong to you will see an entry for Wens for the year 1863 in Germany. They built a traction engine that year that was to have competed in a competition at Hamburg. It was not uncommon for the Prussians to use the word "Cie" for the French-Swiss-German word "Compagnie" especially since Berlin was then a part of the German customs confederation or "Zollverein" which included all German-speaking countries of Europe. This "Zollverein" was mostly controlled by Prussia especially in trade matters. Many Swiss companies still use the word "Compagnie" and the abbreviation "Cie". Germany did not become a country until 1871, then later began using the word "Gesellschaft" for the word "Compagnie". However some companies kept the word "Cie" at part of their name for historical reasons.
I think I have seen another Wens portable engine listed somewhere else, I will try to find you the information.
All the Best,
Dean Lehrke, Kansas USA
We are likely to go with this explanation. Any comments to this theory?
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