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Object Name Engine, Steam
Date ca. 1925
Description Toy steam engine; cylindrical brass-color metal boiler with a 6-legged red cast iron base. The piston, piston rod, and flywheel are attached to the base. Inscription in raised letters on the boiler: "WEEDEN / TRADE MARK / REG US PAT OFF." Made by the Weeden Manufacturing Company of Massachusetts. Dimensions are 6 inches high x 6.250 inches wide.
Ownership and History This steam engine used alcohol to heat the boiler, and was used to power toy tools such as lathes and saws. Safety concerns about fuel-powered toys led one manufacturer to advertise that its steam engine was free from danger of explosion.
Earliest Date 1920
Latest Date 1930
Maker Weeden Manufacturing Company
Subjects Toys
Lexicon Sub-category Toy
Catalog Number T04.0370--dup000
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