Ernst Plank Toy Steam Engine

Ernst Plank Toy Steam Engine

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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.
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.
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Object Name
toy, steam engine and boiler
steam engine and boiler, toy
place made
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
boiler - from catalog card: 12 in x 5 in; 30.48 cm x 12.7 cm
flywheel - from catalog card: 3 5/8 in; x 9.2075 cm
overall: 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
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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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