Ernst Plank Toy Steam Engine

Description (Brief):

This toy steam engine was manufactured by the Ernst Plank Company of Nuremburg, Germany during the early 20th century. Museum records indicate that this toy steam engine was called the Vulkan, but as Plank produced several varieties of steam toys in their Vulkan line, the exact model is unknown. The toy consists of a vertical firebox and boiler, with a vertical engine shafted to a flywheel.

Description (Brief)

Ernst Plank founded his company in Nuremburg, Germany in 1866. The company was well known for manufacturing a variety of metal toys like steam locomotives, stationary steam engines, early photography equipment, and magic lanterns until its dissolution in 1935.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Germany

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Exhibition Location:

Related Publication: Maass, Eleanor A.. Greville Bathe's "Theatre of Machines": The Evolution of a Scholar and His Collection

Credit Line: Bequest of the Estate of Greville I. Bathe

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MC.329009Catalog Number: 329009Accession Number: 278175

Object Name: toy, steam engine and boilersteam engine and boiler, toy

Physical Description: brass (overall material)Measurements: boiler - from catalog card: 12 in x 5 in; 30.48 cm x 12.7 cmflywheel - from catalog card: 3 5/8 in; x 9.2075 cmoverall: 12 3/8 in x 5 3/4 in x 5 3/8 in; 31.4325 cm x 14.605 cm x 13.6525 cm


Record Id: nmah_847041

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