Märklin Toy Boring Mill

Description (Brief)
This toy boring mill was manufactured by the Märklin Company around 1920. The toy has a cast metal body, but is missing the ribbed steel band that runs from the lower pulley to the upper pulley to spin the cutting tool. The toy boring mill could be connected to the drive wheel of a toy steam engine for power and produce realistic motion just like its full size counterpart.
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 such as this one.
Currently not on view
Object Name
toy, vertical boring mill
date made
ca 1920
Physical Description
cast iron (overall material)
overall - from catalog card: 5 in x 3 1/8 in x 1 1/2 in; 12.7 cm x 7.9375 cm x 3.81 cm
overall: 5 in x 1 1/2 in x 3 1/8 in; 12.7 cm x 3.81 cm x 7.9375 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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