Weeden Toy Steam Engine

Description (Brief)
This Weeden toy steam engine was produced by the Weeden Manufacturing Company of New Bedford, Massachusetts from the late 19th to early 20th century. The engine is possibly model number 18. The engine consists of a vertical brass boiler and horizontal slide valve engine. The engine is mounted on a green metal stand, which is attached to a brown tin base that measures 7.5 inches by 10.5 inches.
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
date made
early 20th century
overall - from catalog card: 11 in x 3 1/2 in; 27.94 cm x 8.89 cm
base - from catalog card: 10 1/2 in x 7 1/2 in; x 26.67 cm x 19.05 cm
overall: 11 3/8 in x 7 1/4 in x 10 1/2 in; 28.8925 cm x 18.415 cm x 26.67 cm
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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