Frisbie’s Toy Steam Engine

Description (Brief)
This toy steam engine was manufactured by the J. & E. Stevens Company of Cromwell, Connecticut during the late 19th and early 20th century. Russel Frisbie patented this steam engine model in 1872 when he was an employee of the J. & E. Stevens Company, and the company went on to produce the toy for many years. The toy consists of a three-legged kettle boiler, slide valve engine, walking beam, and flywheel.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
toy, steam engine and boiler
date made
1871
Physical Description
cast iron (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 8 1/4 in x 6 in x 5 in; 20.955 cm x 15.24 cm x 12.7 cm
flywheel - from catalog card: 2 1/4 in; x 5.715 cm
overall - from catalog card: 8 1/2 in; 21.59 cm
ID Number
MC*328979
catalog number
328979
accession number
278175
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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

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