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 engine consists of a vertical fire box and vertical cooling tank powering a horizontal engine with two flywheels.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
engine, hot air
engine, hot air, toy
Physical Description
tin (overall material)
wood (base material)
Measurements
overall - from catalog card: 12 in x 7 1/2 in; x 30.48 cm x 19.05 cm
flywheel - from catalog card: 2 1/2 in; x 6.35 cm
overall: 11 5/8 in x 7 5/8 in x 11 7/8 in; 29.5275 cm x 19.3675 cm x 30.1625 cm
ID Number
MC*329057
catalog number
329057
accession number
278175
subject
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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