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. There is a small metal plate on the toy’s wooden base that reads “Hercules,” possibly the model name of this engine. The toy has a pressed metal firebox below the boiler with a pressure gauge and steam whistle. The boiler powers a vertical oscillating 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.

Date Made: ca 1900

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Germany

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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.329006Catalog Number: 329006Accession Number: 278175

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

Physical Description: white metal (overall material)tin (stack material)wood (base material)Measurements: flywheel - from catalog card: 2 7/8 in; x 7.3025 cmboiler - from catalog card: 7 in x 3 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in; 17.78 cm x 8.89 cm x 8.89 cmtin stack - from catalog card: 12 in; 30.48 cmbase - from catalog card: 10 3/4 in x 4 3/4 in; x 27.305 cm x 12.065 cmoverall: 13 3/8 in x 4 7/8 in x 10 3/4 in; 33.9725 cm x 12.3825 cm x 27.305 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-84a4-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_847158

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