Schoenner

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Jean Schoenner formed his company in 1875. The business was sold to Falk. While the official date of sale is listed as 1912, manufacture had ceased by 1906. Prior to this time, Schoenner produced steam engines for Falk as well as those sold under its own name. I have seen one example of an overtype engine marked JF 450 on the base, but clearly painted in Schoenner colors, probably an assembly line goof.

107/16
Marked 146P on the base. Missing the flywheel, crankshaft, connecting rod, crankshaft journal, burner, smokestack, and by the looks of it, a platform around the crankshaft and smokestack, and probably a feed pump as well. Boiler diameter 122mm (4.8 inches), boiler length 360mm (13.8 inches).

107/15
A new jewel for the collection. Large, complete (except for burner), and it runs like a champion. Fire this one up with a single vaporizing burner, and it ticks over nice and slow, with hardly a rattle anywhere.

107/13
Contrary to earlier assertions, this is the original Schoenner color - I have since encountered another Schoenner with the same color paint. Mostly complete, under repair right now. Cylinder missing the shroud. Should be a solid runner.

107/11
Very little wear on this model, when running it purrs along with nothing more than a gentle clicking. All moving surfaces still have a tight tolerance.
Another example recently obtained. Missing some parts, and the original boiler finish. Curiously enough, the whistle and drain valve on this example are on the opposite side of the boiler. Perhaps a little creativity on the production line? Base marked 141F

160/1
The smallest example of one of the finer verticals made by Schoenner. Somewhat incomplete, but what's there is in good shape.

Another nasty cleanup job, the colors on the base were almost completely obscured by grime.

112/22
A nice example of an early wood base Schoenner horizontal. It's rare to find different sizes of the same engine. This one is quite clean. Burner is not original, but is a reasonable attempt at a copy of the original. Metalwork on the base is in remarkably good shape.
Shown posing with it's little brother.

112/21
This tiny little horizontal is a real jewel - double action cylinder, nickel plating on the boiler edges. It acutally runs very well.

112/13
Slightly larger than the pair shown above. Litho base has really taken a beating, but the mechanicals are otherwise intact.

113/12
Smaller vertical. Fairly detailed for it's size. Flywheel is a mess. Otherwise, intact. The 113 family of engines was extensive, upwards of 20 variations produced.

111/20
All there, but for the steam line and exhaust line. Wood base, 3 wick burner, and a rather large flywheel. Cylinder lagging is a sleeve that slides on and off.
It is interesting to note that I've seen two other examples of this engine. Both had a much larger tin plate for the base, extending almost to the edge of the wood, and one had a more conventional valve assembly with reversing gear. This particular engine may be an early example, as they likely extended the base out in later versions due to heat, steam and oil mucking up the base.
  cylinder and flywheel detail.

Oscillating cylinder horizontal
This is a curious case. Doesn't show in any of the Schoenner reference material I have, and Schoenner for the most part did not make oscillating cylinder engines. But, there you are - clearly a Schoenner wood base horizontal.

Reversing mechanism on the cylinder, and the slide out burner characteristic of pre 1900 Schoenner horizontal engines.

Detail of construction is, like most Schoenner engines, elaborate and magnificently finished. Plating on the boiler caps, and machined connecting rod and bearing journals. Save a Carette twin cylinder I once saw, this has to be the most detailed oscillating cylinder engine I've ever come across.

 

Possibly a Schoenner
Twin cylinder assembly. Flywheel looks Schoenner, as do the cylinders. Note the vent pipes. Schoenner liked to put curved vent pipes on their cylinders.
Vertical, unidentified
Rather crude construction. Boiler may be brass plated tin - there is corrosion on the boiler, and what looks like tin where the rust has been removed. Top of the boiler is definitely tin. The cylinder is fairly elaborate for an osc. cyl engine. Pewter flywheel. Has been confirmed as a Schoenner, but no model number.

Contemporary reproduction of Schoenner tractor/lokomobil
Found this in the Netherlands. Don't know who makes it, but it's a close reproduction of the Schoenner lokomobil that can be seen on page 187 of the Battenberg Dampfspielzug book.

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