Weeden No. 34 Toy Steam Engine

Description (Brief)
The Weeden Model No. 34 toy steam engine was produced by the Weeden Manufacturing Company of New Bedford, Massachusetts from 1896 until 1940. This toy steam engine features a brass boiler with star cutout that is painted blue. The horizontal boiler, flywheel, and engine sit on an iron frame.
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
late 19th century
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
russia iron (overall material)
cast iron (overall material)
boiler, horizontal: 7 1/2 in x 3 in; x 19.05 cm x 7.62 cm
overall: 9 5/8 in x 9 3/4 in x 4 1/2 in; 24.4475 cm x 24.765 cm x 11.43 cm
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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
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. August Mencken
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