Weeden No. 105 Toy Electric Generator and Pump

Description (Brief)
The Weeden Manufacturing Company of New Bedford, Massachusetts produced this electric motor Number 105 from around 1911 until 1918. The toy consists of a generator and pump. An engine could be connected to the drive wheel on the central shaft to drive both the pump and rotate the central coil of the generator. The generator produces a direct electric current through the rotation of the wire coil in a magnetic field. Weeden’s advertising claimed that the pump could throw water up to six feet.
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, electric motor & pump
date made
ca 1900
Physical Description
tin (overall material)
white metal (overall material)
flywheel-from catalog card: 2 5/8 in; x 6.6675 cm
base-from catalog card: 8 1/2 in x 6 in; x 21.59 cm x 15.24 cm
overall: 4 in x 8 3/8 in x 5 3/4 in; 10.16 cm x 21.2725 cm x 14.605 cm
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catalog number
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Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Engineering Steam Toys and Models
Engineering, Building, and Architecture
Family & Social Life
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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