Hot-Air Engine Toy

Description (Brief)
This hot-air engine toy was manufactured by an unknown maker (possibly Ernst Plank) during the early 20th century. The engine is not a steam engine, as no water is heated. Instead the firebox heats air which expands and moves a piston to create useful mechanical work. The toy is a horizontal engine made of white metal with a 3.25-inch flywheel.
Currently not on view
Physical Description
white metal (overall material)
wood (base material)
overall - from catalog card: 10 in x 6 1/2 in; x 25.4 cm x 16.51 cm
flywheel - from catalog card: 3 1/4 in; x 8.255 cm
overall: 11 1/2 in x 6 3/8 in x 9 3/4 in; 29.21 cm x 16.1925 cm x 24.765 cm
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Credit Line
Bequest of the Estate of Greville I. Bathe
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Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Engineering Steam Toys and Models
Engineering, Building, and Architecture
Family & Social Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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