The first separate condenser, 1765

The first separate condenser, 1765

James Watt used this model to develop the separate condenser, the greatest single improvement to the steam engine ever made. It cut fuel consumption by 75%, giving it a great advantage over older engines. This is the only surviving part of the original model.

For all its significance, this object lay on the workbench in Watt's Workshop, unrecognised and buried beneath other material, until the 1960s. Only then did research finally reveal its true identity. Despite its entirely anonymous appearance, this truly is an artefact which helped transform Britain into the world's first industrial nation.

 
Currently on display in:
James Watt and our World
Inventory number :
1924-792 pt 2