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.
Currently not on view
Physical Description
tin (overall material)
wood (base material)
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
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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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