Weeden Toy Engine with Sawmill

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Description (Brief)
The Weeden Manufacturing Company of New Bedford, Massachusetts produced this toy engine with sawmill during the early 20th century. The toy consists of a black fire box below an upright brass boiler with sight glass and a vertical engine connected to a flywheel. The drive wheel is connected by a string to a pulley on the sawmill that moves a log carriage to simulate the sawmill’s operation.
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
place made
United States: Massachusetts
boiler-from catalog card: 10 in; 25.4 cm
base-from catalog card: 16 1/2 in x 10 in; x 41.91 cm x 25.4 cm
overall: 11 3/4 in x 16 1/2 in x 9 3/4 in; 29.845 cm x 41.91 cm x 24.765 cm
overall: 7 1/2 in x 14 in x 6 in; 19.05 cm x 35.56 cm x 15.24 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
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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