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Knapp Electric & Novelty Co.
« on: July 13, 2019, 04:12:40 pm »
I had forgotten about having this motor. I saw one that looked
like mine but it had a gear with a lever on the pulley end. They
were in business from about 1895 to 1947 in New York City. I
date mine about 1914 from an ad in Modern Electric and Mechanics
January 1914.

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Re: Knapp Electric & Novelty Co.
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2019, 06:20:34 pm »
That's pretty cool Carl, that you found an era appropriate ad for it too is even cooler!!!
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Re: Knapp Electric & Novelty Co.
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2019, 06:46:20 pm »
Very nice Carl and the ad is a real bonus.
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Re: Knapp Electric & Novelty Co.
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2019, 08:16:14 pm »
Very nice, back when things were made to last.
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Re: Knapp Electric & Novelty Co.
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2019, 08:38:09 pm »
That's a very nice old motor - would love to have one like that especially with the known history.
Regards,
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Re: Knapp Electric & Novelty Co.
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2019, 12:39:40 am »
After collecting for a number you forget what you have collected.
The company was started in 1895 by David W Knapp in New York
City. Besides making electric motors they made electric automobiles,
board games, fans, machine tools, and other electric items. In 1898
ads appeared showing they were making a Knapp C And D type motors
and had cells batteries made by Gordon Burnham Co. By 1902 they
were making a Kenco Trade Mark No.1 Electric toy Train kit. It had
a trolley car and 9 feet of track and were a 2" gauge which had been
introduced by Marklin in 1891 at the Leipzig Toy Fair.

I want to hook this motor to a steam engine and see how it works.
In the past I had it hooked up to batteries and added 1.5-volt batteries
from 1 to 3 how a light bulb got brighter with more speed.
Carl "There is a better way for everything. Find it."TAE


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Re: Knapp Electric & Novelty Co.
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2019, 06:18:09 am »
That is a neat motor, Carl!


I like the reversing switch.


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Re: Knapp Electric & Novelty Co.
« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2019, 10:07:13 am »
Thanks for posting Carl.

Nice one!

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Re: Knapp Electric & Novelty Co.
« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2019, 10:41:35 pm »
I have had my eye on the auction site for a few years, hoping to score a vintage Knapp motor but they always sell for way more than I want to spend. I wanted to do the same as you, hook it up to my scratch built steam plant.

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Re: Knapp Electric & Novelty Co.
« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2019, 08:42:24 am »
Cool motor, dig the reversing switch.
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Re: Knapp Electric & Novelty Co.
« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2019, 10:01:05 am »
Neat & useful motor I.
Bruce
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