This working model, which is signed ‘J COMB’, is now fitted to run electrically. It is dated 1847 and shows evidence of being powered by steam originally.
These models were regularly produced in the Industrial Revolution to demonstrate large and elaborate pieces of machinery to potential buyers.
It was essential that they were complete with all working parts, and could be readily shown to mill owners and other businessmen. Now sometimes thought to have been made as toys, particularly the model railway steam engines, their purpose was in fact very serious, and they had an essential function in the Age of Steam.
Nowadays, their exquisite workmanship and accuracy are a huge attraction to collectors. This one comes in a display case.