Märklin Toy Steam Engine

Description (Brief)
This toy steam engine was made by the Märklin Company during the early 20th century. This toy steam engine consists of a firebox, vertical brass boiler, chimney stack, and vertical engine that powered a flywheel, all mounted on a red cast iron stand. The Märklin Company logo can be seen stamped on the side of the boiler.
The Märklin Company was established in 1859 in the town of Göppingen, Germany by tin smith Theodor Friedrich Wilhelm Märklin. Märklin began his business with the production of tin doll houses, but the company soon began producing a variety of tinplate and metal items, eventually specializing in toys that included steam engines such as this one.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
toy, steam engine and boiler
steam engine and boiler, toy
date made
early 20th century
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
cast iron (base material)
Measurements
boiler - from catalog card: 2 1/8 in; x 5.3975 cm
flywheel - from catalog card: 2 1/2 in; x 6.35 cm
base - from catalog card: 4 in x 4 in; x 10.16 cm x 10.16 cm
overall - from catalog card: 11 in; 27.94 cm
overall: 11 in x 4 1/2 in x 4 1/8 in; 27.94 cm x 11.43 cm x 10.4775 cm
place made
Deutschland
ID Number
MC*328985
catalog number
328985
accession number
278175
subject
Engineering Steam Toys and Models
Engineering, Building, and Architecture
Family & Social Life
See more items in
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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