Toy Steam Engine

Description (Brief)
This toy steam turbine consists of a firebox and boiler in a pressed sheet metal container painted to simulate brickwork. The boiler has a sight glass and safety valve, with a steam line powering a turbine wheel made from an eggbeater gear that is connected to a second gear. A line shaft is connected to the toy’s wooden base that could be strung to the turbine and power a variety of toy machine accessories.
Currently not on view
Object Name
toy, steam turbine and boiler
steam turbine and boiler, toy
overall: 16 3/4 in x 12 3/4 in x 7 1/2 in; 42.545 cm x 32.385 cm x 19.05 cm
overall: 16 3/4 in x 12 3/4 in x 7 1/2 in; 42.545 cm x 32.385 cm x 19.05 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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