Weeden No. 238 Toy Steam Engine

Description (Brief)
This Weeden No. 238 toy steam engine was manufactured by the Weeden Manufacturing Company of New Bedford, Massachusetts from 1918 until 1940. The vertical engine has a firebox below a steel boiler with chimney. A vertical slide valve engine is attached to a flywheel on the upper half of the boiler.
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
early 20th century
Physical Description
tin (overall material)
overall: 9 in; 22.86 cm
flywheel: 2 1/8 in; x 5.3975 cm
overall: 9 3/8 in x 3 7/8 in; 23.8125 cm x 9.8425 cm
ID Number
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accession number
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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