Märklin Toy Steam Engine

Description (Brief)
The Märklin Company produced this toy steam engine during the early 20th century. The toy consists of a simulated brick fire box and chimney stack and a horizontal boiler with steam whistle, safety valve, pressure gauge, and throttle. The steam line runs to a horizontal slide valve engine that powers a flywheel. The flywheel is connected to an electric generator that was a later addition to the toy.
The Märklin Company was established in 1859 in the town of Göppingen, Germany by tin smith Theodor Friedrich Wilhelm Märklin. Märklin began his business with the production of tin doll houses, but the company soon began producing a variety of tinplate and metal items, eventually specializing in toys that included steam engines such as this one.
Currently not on view
Object Name
toy, engine boiler & generator
date made
ca 1920
flywheel - from catalog card: 3 1/2 in; x 8.89 cm
boiler - from catalog card: 7 1/2 in x 3 in; x 19.05 cm x 7.62 cm
base - from catalog card: 12 1/2 in x 12 1/2 in; x 31.75 cm x 31.75 cm
overall: 16 1/8 in x 12 3/4 in x 12 1/2 in; 40.9575 cm x 32.385 cm x 31.75 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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