Weeden No. 48 Toy Steam Engine

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Description (Brief)
The Weeden Manufacturing Company of New Bedford, Massachusetts, manufactured this Weeden No. 48 toy steam engine from around 1898 until 1918. The engine has been repainted with a black and orange color scheme. The engine consists of a horizontal boiler with a “walking beam” engine turning the flywheel. The engine is mounted on a cast metal plate that reads “THE WEEDEN.”
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
date made
ca 1900
Physical Description
cast iron (overall material)
overall: 9 in x 6 in x 10 1/2 in; 22.86 cm x 15.24 cm x 26.67 cm
boiler-from catalog card: 5 1/2 in x 2 1/4 in; 13.97 cm x 5.715 cm
base-from catalog card: 6 in x 10 1/2 in; 15.24 cm x 26.67 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Bequest of the Estate of Greville I. Bathe
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Data Source
National Museum of American History