Weeden "Eureka" Toy Steam Engine

Description (Brief)
The Weeden Manufacturing Company of New Bedford, Massachusetts produced this Weeden No. 32 toy steam engine during the late 19th century until around 1927. The engine was known as the “Eureka” model, and consisted of a steel jacketed brass boiler with two star cutouts and an overtype horizontal slide valve engine and flywheel. The metal end of the boiler reads “WEEDEN/TRADE MARK/ REG. U.S. PAT. OFF./32/THE WEEDEN/EUREKA.”
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, portable steam engine
date made
early 20th century
Physical Description
cast iron (overall material)
tin (boiler material)
brass (stack material)
boiler: 8 in x 4 1/2 in; x 20.32 cm x 11.43 cm
flywheel: 4 in; x 10.16 cm
overall: 13 in; 33.02 cm
overall: 13 in x 9 3/8 in x 4 1/2 in; 33.02 cm x 23.8125 cm x 11.43 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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