Weeden "Favorite" Toy Steam Engine

Description (Brief)
The Weeden Manufacturing Company of New Bedford, Massachusetts, manufactured the Weeden “Favorite” engine from around 1880 until the middle of the 1890s. The vertical boiler powers a vertical engine, with built-in fuel tank for a self-contained burner. The “Favorite” engine was sold alone or with attachments like a force pump or pile driver.
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.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
late 19th century
Physical Description
tin (overall material)
white metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall - from catalog card: 2 1/4 in; x 5.715 cm
flywheel - from catalog card: 1 3/4 in; x 4.445 cm
overall: 6 in x 2 5/8 in x 4 3/4 in; 15.24 cm x 6.6675 cm x 12.065 cm
ID Number
MC.328955
catalog number
328955
accession number
278175
Credit Line
Bequest of the Estate of Greville I. Bathe
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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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