George Edward Milligen Collections: Farm and Traction Engines
This page provides information and photos of the full size and model farm and traction engines that are known to have been in George Milligen's collection.
Allis-Chalmers Model B 1956
This is an Allis-Chalmers Model B Tractor that was first registered in 1956 and had a Perkins P3 diesel engine and was designed by the American industrial designer Brooks Stevens. The company had been founded in Wisconsin in 1901 and manufactured all kinds of agricultural equipment. The Model B tractor was manufactured 1937 to 1957 having been replaced with the D series. From 1947, tractors for British customers were constructed at Totton near Southampton from parts made in the USA but the company established a factory at Essendine in Leicestershire with parts sourced in the UK. Overall more than 125,000 of the Model B tractors were made.
The estimated sale price in the 2004 Bonhams auction catalogue was £800-£1,200. It sold for £1,610 including premium.
Brown and May Engine
This is a robustly constructed and full-size portable steam engine built by Brown and May of Devizes in 1865. It is finished in maroon with yellow and black lining and brass lagging. It is 10 Ft 5" high (with the chimney erected) and 6 Ft 8" long and, according to the catalogue, features a large number of interesting features that had been incorporated into the design.
The estimated sale price in the 2004 Bonhams auction catalogue was £20,000-£24,000. It sold for £13,800 including premium.
French Portable Engine
This is a round firebox (haystack) brass and mahogany-clad single cylinder portable engine built Société Française de Materiel Agricole et Industriel Vierzon and believed to date from 1921. It is 8 Ft 9" high (with the chimney folded) and 11 Ft 9" long.
The estimated sale price in the 2004 Bonhams auction catalogue was £17,000-£19,000. It sold for £5,175 including premium.
Demonstration Model Portable Agricultural Engine Circa 1895.
Described as 19th Century salesman's demonstration model of an agricultural portable engine circa 1895. It has a mahogany lagged cylinder, four-bar type crossshead guides, balanced crank, eccentric-driven feed pump with bypass and clack valve and fine proprietary boiler fittings and pressure gauge by DC 18" x 22". It comes with working wood and brass models of a fully operational threshing drum and elevator with functional internal and external mechanical detailing. The engine is 1 Ft 3" high and 3 Ft 6" long.
The estimated sale price in the 2004 Bonhams auction catalogue was £2,500-£3,000. It sold for £5,520 including premium.
Model Road Locomotive
Described as 1.5" scale model of a two-cylinder compound two-speed, four-shaft road locomotive circa 1955 with motion plates and belly tank with brass star emblems. Engine details include: Stephenson link gear, regulator, lubricator, safety valve, disc flywheel, cylinder draincocks and trunk/valve spindle guide spectacle frame.
The estimated sale price in the 2004 Bonhams auction catalogue was £1,000-£1,500. It sold for £4,600 including premium.
Model Agricultural Traction Engine
Described as 4" scale model of a twin-cylinder compound two-speed four-shaft general purpose agricultural traction engine. The welded steel boiler with fittings including: blower, simpling, injector, waterlift, clack and blowdown valves, pressure and water gauges. Engine details include: true compound cylinders, 2” and 3” bores, 3” stroke, with valve chest over controlled by central Stephenson link gear reversing supported by a spectacle plate/boiler bracket, twin in-line safety valves, single ball governor, whistle, ratchet lubricator, displacement lubricator and trunk guides. The crankshaft carries two inside fixed gears, gib and cottered connecting rod big ends, cast iron eccentric straps with oil lids and eccentric-driven inclined feed pump with bypass. Chassis fittings include:footrest, waterlift and hose with rose and cab-controlled damper door. Finished in crimson with yellow and black tracery 3 Ft 5.5" high and 5 Ft 4.5" long.
The estimated sale price in the 2004 Bonhams auction catalogue was £5,500-£6,500. It sold for £9,775 including premium.