Weeden Toy Steam Engine

Description (Brief)
This toy steam engine was manufactured by the Weeden Manufacturing Company of New Bedford, Massachusetts during the early 20th century. This vertical engine has a tin firebox, brass boiler, and vertical slide valve engine. The upper stack is homemade and was added to the original Weeden model at a later date.
The Weeden Manufacturing Company was founded in New Bedford, Massachusetts by William M. Weeden in the early 1880s, originally producing a variety of tinplate household items. In 1884 it introduced the Weeden No. 1 Steam engine as “a new and great premium for boys” who were subscribers to the Youth’s Companion magazine. Weeden made over a hundred different models of toy steam engines until the company ceased operations in 1952.
Currently not on view
date made
late 19th century
Physical Description
tin (overall material)
overall: 8 1/2 in; 21.59 cm
flywheel: 2 1/8 in; x 5.3975 cm
overall: 9 in x 4 in; 22.86 cm x 10.16 cm
ID Number
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Credit Line
Bequest of the Estate of Greville I. Bathe
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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