Apr 12, 2018 - Sale 2473

Sale 2473 - Lot 199

Price Realized: $ 812
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 600 - $ 900
(SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING.) Group of manuscripts and publications of inventor James Stimpson. 16 items, various sizes and conditions, in one folder. Vp, 1835-58

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James Stimpson (1779-1851) was an inventor who moved from Boston to Baltimore circa 1829, best known for his work on railroad improvements. The lot includes a deposition regarding his plan for clearing timber from railroad tracks, 1837; two drafts of his prospectus for a canal steam power company; a diagram of railroad track cross-section used in Baltimore, 1840; a long memorandum re debts owed to his estate, 1847-51; a list of his patents; and a manuscript copy of his death notice [1851]. Printed matter includes his pamphlets "An Exposition of Some of the Natural Mechanical Actions Connected with the Running Gears of Railroad Carriages" (1838), "A Dissertation upon the Running Gears of Rail-Road Carriage Wheels" (undated, two copies), "An Appeal to the Legislature of the State of Maryland" (1835), and "To the Honorable the Senate and Assembly of the State of New-York, James Stimpson's Mode of Towing the Common Canal Boats in a Train" (undated), as well as two copies of a broadside, "James Stimpson's Iron Rail Road" (1839). No copies of the broadside have been traced in OCLC or elsewhere. Also included in the lots are 3 manuscript letters of patent, all for butter-making machinery, 1855-58, issued to son James H. Stimpson.