Ernst Plank Toy Steam Engine

Description (Brief)
This toy steam engine was manufactured by the Ernst Plank Company of Nuremburg, Germany during the early 20th century. Museum records indicate that this toy steam engine was called the Vulkan, but as Plank produced several varieties of steam toys in their Vulkan line, the exact model is unknown. The toy consists of a vertical firebox and boiler, with a vertical engine shafted to a flywheel.
Ernst Plank founded his company in Nuremburg, Germany in 1866. The company was well known for manufacturing a variety of metal toys like steam locomotives, stationary steam engines, early photography equipment, and magic lanterns until its dissolution in 1935.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
toy, steam engine and boiler
steam engine and boiler, toy
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
Measurements
boiler - from catalog card: 12 in x 5 in; 30.48 cm x 12.7 cm
flywheel - from catalog card: 3 5/8 in; x 9.2075 cm
overall: 12 3/8 in x 5 3/4 in x 5 3/8 in; 31.4325 cm x 14.605 cm x 13.6525 cm
place made
Deutschland
ID Number
MC*329009
catalog number
329009
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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