Weeden No. 14 Toy Steam Engine

Description (Brief)
The Weeden Manufacturing Company of New Bedford, Massachusetts manufactured the Weeden model number 14 from the 1890s until the 1940s. The toy consists of a brass boiler with safety valve, water sight glass, and whistle. The horizontal slide valve engine powers an iron flywheel. The boiler and engine is attached to a six-legged cast iron frame. The side of the boiler has 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
Object Name
toy, steam engine and boiler
date made
early 20th century
overall: 5 3/4 in x 6 3/4 in x 5 3/4 in; 14.605 cm x 17.145 cm x 14.605 cm
flywheel: 3/8 in x 3 1/2 in; x .9525 cm x 8.89 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

Visitor Comments

3/28/2014 1:54:47 PM
Ed Harris
My dad just gave me my great great uncle's steam engine built by Weeden. Has the logo on one end of the boiler. It also has a 3-wick. fuel tank that slides under the boiler to provide heat to the boiler. It is just like the one in the picture.
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