Toy Beam Engine

Description (Brief)
This toy beam engine was made by an unknown manufacturer during the early 20th century. The toy is driven by a spring in its tin base. The engine consists of a vertical valve and walking beam shafted to a flywheel.
Currently not on view
Object Name
toy, steam engine
steam engine, beam type, toy
toy, steam engine and boiler
Physical Description
white metal (overall material)
tin (base material)
overall - from catalog card: 6 in; 15.24 cm
flywheel - from catalog card: 3 1/2 in; x 8.89 cm
overall: 6 1/4 in x 3 3/4 in x 5 7/8 in; 15.875 cm x 9.525 cm x 14.9225 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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