Frisbie’s Toy Steam Engine

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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.
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Physical Description
cast iron (overall material)
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
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Credit Line
Bequest of the Estate of Greville I. Bathe
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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


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