Weeden No.20 Toy Steam Engine “Big Giant”

Description (Brief):

This toy steam engine is a Weeden model number 20, manufactured from around 1894 until 1940. The boiler is stamped with “Big Giant,” which is the version that was included as a prize to subscribers of Youth’s Companion magazine. The brass base of the engine is a fuel reservoir with protruding wick, and was made to burn either petroleum oil (kerosene) or alcohol. The brass boiler comes with a sight glass, and powers a vertical slide valve engine attached to a flywheel.

Description (Brief)

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.

Date Made: ca 1900

Location: Currently not on view

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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.328947Catalog Number: 328947Accession Number: 278175

Object Name: toy, steam engine and boiler

Physical Description: brass (overall material)tin (base material)Measurements: overall - from catalog card: 10 1/2 in x 4 3/8 in; 26.67 cm x 11.1125 cmflywheel - from catalog card: 2 7/8 in; x 7.3025 cmoverall: 10 3/4 in x 5 in x 4 1/4 in; 27.305 cm x 12.7 cm x 10.795 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-8f68-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_847045

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