Weeden No. 10 Toy Steam Engine

Description (Brief)
The Weeden Manufacturing Company of New Bedford, Massachusetts, manufactured the Weeden No. 10 toy steam engine from 1894 until 1903. The toy consists of a horizontal boiler with star-shaped cutouts. A horizontal slide valve engine powers a flywheel mounted onto a cast iron base.
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
Physical Description
cast iron (overall material)
flywheel - from catalog card: 4 1/4 in; x 10.795 cm
overall - from catalog card: 9 1/4 in x 9 in x 8 in; 23.495 cm x 22.86 cm x 20.32 cm
overall: 9 3/8 in x 9 1/8 in x 8 1/2 in; 23.8125 cm x 23.1775 cm x 21.59 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


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