Märklin Toy Steam Engine

Description (Brief)
This toy steam engine was made by the Märklin Company during the early 20th century. The engine consists of a firebox that is painted to simulate brickwork with a green chimney stack. The horizontal boiler has a steam whistle and throttle that is connected to a horizontal slide valve engine that powers a flywheel. The generator was added by hobbyist Greville Bathe at a later date.
The Märklin Company was established in 1859 in the town of Göppingen, Germany by tin smith Theodor Friedrich Wilhelm Märklin. Märklin began his business with the production of tin doll houses, but the company soon began producing a variety of tinplate and metal items, eventually specializing in toys that included steam engines such as this one.
Currently not on view
Object Name
steam engine-boiler-generator, toy
toy, steam engine boiler generator
Physical Description
tin (overall material)
overall - from catalog card: 14 in x 10 1/4 in x 11 in; 35.56 cm x 26.035 cm x 27.94 cm
overall: 14 1/8 in x 10 3/8 in x 11 1/8 in; 35.8775 cm x 26.3525 cm x 28.2575 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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