We are pleased to offer this antique toy steam engine. It is a Weeden model number 20, manufactured in 1900. The boiler is stamped with Big Giant, which is the version that was included as a prize to subscribers of Youths 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.
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 Youths Companion magazine. Weeden made over a hundred different models of toy steam engines until the company ceased operations in 1952. The engine measures 11 inches high.
Retains its original finish and all of its elements see photos. Feel free to ask me any questions. Photos are a good representation of the object. Apparently the wick is missing, so that is the only original element that is missing. Everything else is original and there including the cork for the reservoir.The item "Weeden Steam Engine Toy Model 1890-1900 New Bedford, MA Big Giant no 20" is in sale since Thursday, October 06, 2016. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Vintage & Antique Toys\Other Vintage & Antique Toys". The seller is "aurorejules" and is located in Dover, New Hampshire. This item can be shipped worldwide.