Maschinenfabrik, Augsburg Toy Machine Shop

Description (Brief)
This toy machine shop was made by an unknown manufacturer during the early 20th century. The toy shop has a variety of tools including a stamping press, grinder, drill press, lathe, and trip hammer. All the toys are connected to pulleys on an overhead line shaft under a roof with two skylights, and a sign labeled “Maschinenfabrik, Augsburg.” Maschinenfabrik is German for “Engineering Works.” A vertical steam engine is connected to the line shaft, powering all the machines in the shop.
Currently not on view
Object Name
toy, machine shop
date made
ca 1910
Physical Description
metal (roof material)
wood (base material)
overall: 22 1/2 in x 15 1/2 in x 10 3/4 in; 57.15 cm x 39.37 cm x 27.305 cm
overall: 18 5/8 in x 22 3/8 in x 10 7/8 in; 47.3075 cm x 56.8325 cm x 27.6225 cm
place made
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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