Bassett-Lowke Toy Steam Engine

Description (Brief)
Bassett-Lowke manufactured this metal steam engine toy in Northampton, England around 1920. The toy consists of a horizontal boiler with sight glass, steam whistle, pressure gauge, and throttle valve on top of a black simulated brick firebox with chimney stack. The boiler powers a cam operated valve gear horizontal engine and flywheel that is connected to a line shaft with three pulleys. The boiler, engine, and line shaft are all on a tin base. The line shaft may not be original to the toy.
Bassett-Lowke is a toy company in Northampton, England that was founded in 1899, and constructed a variety of model boats, ships, trains, and engines until it went out of business in 1965.
Currently not on view
Object Name
toy, engine-boiler lineshaft
engine-boiler-lineshaft, steam, toy
toy, steam engine-boiler-lineshaft
date made
ca 1920
Physical Description
tin (overall material)
wood (base material)
boiler-from catalog card: 8 1/2 in x 3 in; x 21.59 cm x 7.62 cm
overall-from catalog card: 16 1/4 in x 15 1/2 in x 14 in; 41.275 cm x 39.37 cm x 35.56 cm
flywheel: 4 1/4 in; x 10.795 cm
overall: 9 1/2 in x 15 5/8 in x 14 in; 24.13 cm x 39.6875 cm x 35.56 cm
smokestack: 10 7/8 in x 1 3/4 in; 27.6225 cm x 4.445 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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