Märklin Toy Steam Engine

Description (Brief)
This toy steam engine was made by the Märklin Company during the early 20th century. This toy steam engine consists of a firebox, horizontal brass boiler, chimney stack, and horizontal engine with flyball governor that powers a flywheel. The boiler and engine are mounted on a tin base.
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, steam engine and boiler
steam engine and boiler, toy
date made
mid 20th century
Physical Description
brass (boiler material)
lead (flywheel material)
tin (part material)
flywheel-from catalog card: 3 in; x 7.62 cm
boiler-from catalog card: 5 in x 2 in; x 12.7 cm x 5.08 cm
base-from catalog card: 9 in x 8 in; x 22.86 cm x 20.32 cm
overall: 9 7/8 in x 8 in x 9 1/8 in; 25.0825 cm x 20.32 cm x 23.1775 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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