J.W. Jansen, Lange Dreef 13, 4124 AJ, Hagestein, Holland, sent
us the piece pictured above. We sent it to Mr. Ben Carlee, of
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who is fluent in Dutch and graciously
volunteered to translate it for us. The following is his
This is apparently a flier advertising the availability of new
price catalogue No. 40 of the Royal Instrument Warehouse, Landre
& Glinderman, Engineers, Spuistraat 6 and 8, Amsterdam, listing
the New Petroleum-and Gasoline Engines by Nagel & Herman. The
engines had been awarded the highest distinction of the competition
at the World’s Fair of Brussels-Tervuerren 1897. Engine
features included simple, strong and careful construction,
automatic and economical greasing, and the slightest oil and
gasoline consumption. It also noted that the engine took up very
little room, and proclaimed it ‘the best of the to-date known
engines; simplest and thriftiest machine power for small
The construction of this engine relies substantially upon the
required experience in the manufacture of engines to date. Through
important new finds the manufacturers have produced an engine that
provides an assured and inexpensive machine power for the various
needs in industry, farming, shipping. etc.
The engine, operating on ordinary petroleum, is quite simple and
of strong construction. The moving parts are guaranteed to resist
rust and made of the best raw materials, i.e., the eccentric-axle,
as well as the piston, consist of forged steel, the especially wide
‘cushions’ (??) are ‘phosphor-bronze’. (??)
The greasing is abundant, continuous and cheap. All the parts
that must be greased have been assembled in the under-frame of the
engine, which is filled with oil; therefore we have been able to
completely omit the grease-nipples, which demand an awful lot of
attention. All oil-loss has now been surmounted, while utmost
cleanliness has been obtained. All of the greasing merely means,
that one adds a little oil to the under-frame every fourteen days.
The workings are quiet and regular, because the adjustment of the
escape valve is no longer caused by means of a cam mechanism, but
through an eccentric.
Cleaning can take place at greater intervals than with all other
gas and petroleum [gasoline] engines.
Because of greater regularity of its operation, our engine
adapts itself especially to electrical illumination through
dynamos, as well as all machinery which demand regularity of
The small measurements make it suitable to be placed in the
smallest places. Our engine of ten horsepower takes up no more
space than a recumbent type engine of two horsepower; it can easily
be installed at upper-stories and even on beams.
Our engine will be delivered completely assembled, thus
installation goes faster, and the purchase saves substantial
The wear of our engine is extraordinarily slight; therefore it
lasts longer than any other motor; it is also the only one, which
day and night can work without stoppage for greasing.
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