John Fitch's Model Steam Car

Description (Brief)
This steam engine is a model based on designs by John Fitch that was made by Greville Bathe during the early 20th century. Greville Bathe was a machinist and steam engine hobbyist who would fashion his own parts to complete toy steam engines and models. John Fitch (1743-1798) was an inventor who developed the first successful American steamboat in 1787 and held patents and designs relating to other modes of steam transport. The steam car model consists of a horizontal boiler and vertical engine that is mounted on a wooden carriage with metal wheels. The engine’s drive wheel is chained to the back wheel of the car, providing it with a means of locomotion.
Currently not on view
Object Name
steam car, model
model, steam car
overall-from catalog card: 20 in x 15 in x 13 in; 50.8 cm x 38.1 cm x 33.02 cm
overall: 26 3/8 in x 16 1/4 in x 12 in; 66.9925 cm x 41.275 cm x 30.48 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession 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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