Bernz Steam Engine Model

Description (Brief)
The museum’s catalogue records indicate that this toy steam engine and boiler is a model number 7 made by Otto Bernz. This model is marked “Otto Bernz, Newark, N.J., Pat. Mar 16, 1911.” Otto Bernz (later BernzOmatic) was a well known gasoline torch manufacturer. This patent refers to patent number 536,192 which was a patent for an automatic pressure torch. It is possible that this model uses the automatic pressure described in the patent to run the horizontal engine.
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Physical Description
brass (overall material)
wood (bed material)
base: 5 3/4 in x 4 1/4 in; x 14.605 cm x 10.795 cm
overall: 8 1/4 in x 5 3/4 in x 4 1/4 in; 20.955 cm x 14.605 cm x 10.795 cm
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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


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