About

Anton Stoelwinder began constructing small electric motors some 15 years ago, as a tribute to inventors and mechanics who pioneerd the first electric motors. After Faraday’s discovery (electrical current causes a wire to rotate around a magnet), there were numerous attempts to transform this phenomenon into a practical device, thereby following in many cases the already well known principle of the steam engine. These machines were beautifully constructed although not very powerfull. Beter designs followed until the Italian professor Antonio Pacinotte made the forerunner of modern electric machines. At the time this was not recognized. For several years the little machine was hidden on a shelf at the University of Pisa. This is only one of many stories which led to the final development of electric motors as we now find them everywhere. The world would come to hold if electricity fails.

Those early electric motors are really works of art and ingenuity now found practically only in technical and science museums around the globe. Anton Stoelwinder made replicas of a couple of these motors (and other historical objects of technical nature). In several cases he was allowed to take measures from orginals and study them carefully. At this site you may see them with a short description.

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