Circa 1898 10 HP Watkins Engine
Manufacturer: Watkins Engine Mfg. Co., Cincinnati, OH
Year: Circa 1898
Serial Number: 101
Ignition: Gear-driven, low-tension magneto
Governing: Throttle with belt-driven flyball
This is a circa 1898 10 HP Watkins gas engine made by the Frank M. Watkins Engine Mfg. Co. in Cincinnati, Ohio. As its nameplate states, the engine was manufactured expressly for Stephen B. Church of Seymour, Conn.
The Watkins Co. seems to have gone into business in 1898, and this engine looks like one of the early versions they produced.
The Watkins engine had a lot of unique design features for its time. “It didn’t use a sideshaft but instead used some fairly dainty pushrods to operate the valves and the igniter,” Coolspring President Clark Colby says. It also has a very delicately designed and manufactured governor that’s belt-driven from the crankshaft.
“Perhaps one of the most interesting features is the gear-driven, low-tension magneto built into the crankcase that’s driven from the crankshaft,” Colby adds. “This is one of the earliest engines to incorporate the magneto directly into the design of the basic engine.”
Read more about this engine and 38 others in Coolspring, published by Gas Engine Magazine. Order this book from the Gas Engine Magazine store: Coolspring.
Jim Erdle’s Legendary Antique Tractors Sold at Auction
Jim Erdle’s eye for rare and unique tractors has developed quite the reputation over the years, and allowed him to assemble one of the finest tractor collections of all time. But all good things must come to an end.
1902 8 HP Bates & Edmonds Engine
A 1902 8 HP Bates & Edmonds engine with generating set on display at the Coolspring Power Museum.
1918 Blaisdell Air-Compressing Engine
A 1918 65 HP Blaisdell air-compressing engine on display at the Coolspring Power Museum.