Skene American Automobile Company
Skene Cycle & Automobile Co.
According to its advertising, The Skene American Automobile Company was located in Lewiston, ME where it was in the process of manufacturing 125 steam cars in 1900. The factory superintendent was Edwin F. Field, who made a steam carriage about 1879. The company may have begun business as the J. W. Skene Cycle & Automobile Company in Lewiston, ME.
The company's office and show room were in Springfield, MA, and that address appears on all the advertisements in the VSCM.
The advertisements indicate that Skene had cars in production, orders on the books, and was seeking capital to exapnd the business.
The only known surviving Skene currently owned by the Richard C. Paine Jr., Automobile Charitable Trust and exhibited at the Seal Cove Auto Museum located on Mount Desert Island, Maine. It has an interesting history.
Georgano writes that "The Skene Company boasted that every part of their [sic] light steam buggy was made at their works, which, if true, distinguished it from many assembled machines.
In design, however, it was conventional, using a vertical 2-cylinder engine of 5 hp, single chain drive, and tiller steering.
An unusual feature was that a single-passenger body could be fitted, as well as the typical two-passenger Stanhope."1