Steam Engine Lubricator, 1882

Summary

African American mechanical engineer Elijah McCoy patented this version of his of lubricator in 1882. The many moving parts on a steam locomotive required constant lubrication, and crews had to apply oil regularly. McCoy's lubricator automatically deposited metered amounts of oil, reducing the need for manual lubrication.

African American mechanical engineer Elijah McCoy patented this version of his of lubricator in 1882. The many moving parts on a steam locomotive required constant lubrication, and crews had to apply oil regularly. McCoy's lubricator automatically deposited metered amounts of oil, reducing the need for manual lubrication.

Artifact

Lubricator

Date Made

1882

Creators

McCoy, Elijah, 1844-1929 

Place of Creation

United States 

Creator Notes

Patented by Elijah McCoy.

Henry Ford Museum
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Made in America

Object ID

31.2039.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Wood (Plant material)
Nickel (Metal)
Plate (Material)
Brass (Alloy)

Dimensions

Height: 16.625 in

Width: 10 in

Diameter: 10 in

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