John Fitch's Model Steam Car

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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
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
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Bequest of the Estate of Greville I. Bathe
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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