Weeden Toy Engine with Sawmill

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
Object Name
toy, steam engine and boiler
steam engine and boiler, sawmill, toy
date made
early 20th century
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
place made
United States: Massachusetts
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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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