Weeden Toy Steam Engine

Description (Brief)
This toy steam engine was manufactured by the Weeden Manufacturing Company of New Bedford, Massachusetts from around 1884 until the 1940s. The first six Weeden toy steam engine models were all very similar in style, and this model of engine is likely either Weeden No. 1, 2, or 3. The vertical toy steam engine consists of a firebox, boiler, and slide valve engine attached to a wheel. The firebox has been repainted yellow and the boiler has been repainted black.
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
toy, steam engine and boiler
date made
late 19th century
Physical Description
brass (vertical boiler material)
cast white metal (engine material)
Measurements
overall: 7 3/4 in x 4 1/8 in; 19.685 cm x 10.4775 cm
overall: 8 in x 4 1/8 in; 20.32 cm x 10.4775 cm
ID Number
MC*328943
catalog number
328943
accession number
278175
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Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Engineering Steam Toys and Models
Engineering, Building, and Architecture
Family & Social Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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