Early Steam to Electricity Conversion... What a unique toy showing the transition from a circa 1900 steam engine toy into a lighthouse, probably converted in the 1920's. The artist removed the flywheel, etc. Keeping just the bottle shape of the furnace with its glass pressure gauge still intact on the back. They wired in a floodlight.
See photo with old original wiring and cork where was once probably a little steam whistle. Then they took the time to hand cut some stairs and complete the transition.
Probably for a son's train set. This piece is primitive and rough but that's its beauty. A shinning example (pun intended) of America's industrial transition from steam power to electricity during the first quarter of the 20th century.
This truly unique and sculptural piece measure's 7 3/4" x 4"3/4 at the base and is 13 tall. Perfect height for an end table or desk.
Would look amazing rewired and lit up again. See detailed photo's for over all condition. The item "Antique Folk Art Toy Steam Engine Transition Early Electric Unique Lighthouse" is in sale since Tuesday, January 15, 2019. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Vintage & Antique Toys\Cast Iron".The seller is "antiqueman1964" and is located in Little Neck, New York. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Dominican republic, El salvador, Uruguay.