Fire piston

Fire piston


French 19th century fire piston


3cm diameter but 37-38cm long


19th Century



Country of manufacture


Categories: Physics & Chemistry, Engineering antiques


Fire piston probably French, 19th century.

Works by adiabatic gas compression, causing temperature to rise sharply, which is the principle behind Diesel ignition.

Working demonstrator from Napoleonic France.

Identical to item held in the UK Science Museum.

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GB Collector Tolemy

A Yorkshire based collector all things unusual for 40 years covering a diverse range of subject matter across the archaeology of science, with a common theme towards rare and one-of-a-kind, architectural, functional instruments and scientific objects for investment, display and interior design. A frequent business traveller across Europe the USA and Australasia in the quest for new objects. Collector Tolemy can be contacted at [email protected].

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