I have just came into the possession of a 1929 Briggs & Stratton 2hp horizontal shaft engine.....with the original kick starter!! It does have compression and will run when 'boosted' with a squirt of WD-40. It looks exactly like the pict (though it's not this one.....didn't have my camera at the time). Left it at my Dad's for the time being.
Starting to think expensive thoughts.............LOL