Weeden Toy Steam Engine

Description (Brief)
This toy steam engine was manufactured by the Weeden Manufacturing Company of New Bedford, Massachusetts from the late 19th century until the early 20th century. The vertical toy engine consists of a vertical boiler and firebox, with a slide valve engine attached to a flywheel on the top of the engine.
The Weeden Manufacturing Company was founded in New Bedford, Massachusetts by William M. Weeden in the early 1880s, originally producing a variety of tinplate household items. In 1884 it introduced the Weeden No. 1 Steam engine as “a new and great premium for boys” who were subscribers to the Youth’s Companion magazine. Weeden made over a hundred different models of toy steam engines until the company ceased operations in 1952.
Currently not on view
Object Name
toy, steam, engine and boiler
date made
late 19th century
Physical Description
white metal (engine material)
tin (vertical boiler material)
overall - from catalog card: 8 in x 4 in; 20.32 cm x 10.16 cm
overall: 8 1/2 in x 4 in x 4 in; 21.59 cm x 10.16 cm x 10.16 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Engineering Steam Toys and Models
Engineering, Building, and Architecture
Family & Social Life
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Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Engineering Steam Toys and Models
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bequest of the Estate of Greville I. Bathe
maker referenced
Maass, Eleanor A.. Greville Bathe's "Theatre of Machines": The Evolution of a Scholar and His Collection

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