Weeden Toy Cornish Beam Engine

Description (Brief)
The Weeden Manufacturing Company of New Bedford, Massachusetts produced this “Cornish Beam Engine” from 1888 until 1894. The engine consisted of a firebox and boiler contained in a cube, with a slide valve, walking beam engine, and flywheel on the top of the engine. The stanchion of the walking beam bears the Weeden crest logo that reads “W MFG. CO.”
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
date made
late 19th century
Physical Description
tin (overall material)
white metal (overall material)
wood (part material)
overall - from catalog card: 6 in x 2 3/4 in; x 15.24 cm x 6.985 cm
flywheel - from catalog card: 2 in; x 5.08 cm
overall: 5 3/4 in x 6 1/4 in x 3 3/8 in; 14.605 cm x 15.875 cm x 8.5725 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Bequest of the Estate of Greville I. Bathe
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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