Collector buys a mystery engine that turns out to be a one-of-a-kind Virtue and Pound
Gene DeCamp had no idea what this engine was when he bought it. A chance conversation, though, identified it as a Virtue and Pound from Minnesota. "I got it because it was unique," he said. "An upside-down hot tube ... it's just a challenge. I kind of like those banged-up engines." His best guess is that it was built in 1898-99.
A shot of the Virtue and Pound's cylinder.
A close-up of the exhaust cage, showing the engine's rusty, pitted condition when Gene got hold of it.
The Virtue and Pound before restoration. Gene estimates it to be a 2 hp model. It was probably originally used to run a bellows organ at a theater, or a printing press, or possibly a small cornsheller or burr mill. Note the web-spoked counter-weight on the flywheel.