Bassett-Lowke Toy Steam Engine

Description (Brief)
This cast metal engine was based off of a Bassett-Lowke kit. The engine is a two valve steam engine with flywheel, all on a wooden base. The engine would run when hooked up to a boiler. Bassett-Lowke is a toy company in Northampton, England that was founded in 1899, and manufactured a variety of model boats, ships, trains, and engines until it went out of business in 1965.
Currently not on view
Object Name
engine, steam
engine, steam, model
model, steam engine
Physical Description
cast iron (overall material)
gun metal (overall material)
wood (base material)
cylinder-from catalog card: 3/4 in; x 1.905 cm
flywheel-from catalog card: 6 in; x 15.24 cm
base-from catalog card: 14 in x 5 1/2 in; x 35.56 cm x 13.97 cm
overall: 6 in x 14 1/8 in x 5 3/4 in; 15.24 cm x 35.8775 cm x 14.605 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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