Steam has been used to power models and toys from the late 19th century onwards, as an alternative to clockwork. It was largely replaced by battery or electric power in the 20th century, although some toys are still being sold and some models (usually scratch built by amateurs) are still being built.
There are three primary types of steam engine driven items: stationary toys built for children, moving steam-powered models such as engines, trains and boats and demonstration models made to show how a machine works.
Stationary engines were made by many of the leading German tinplate manufacturers such as Gebruder Bing, Marklin, Ernst Plank and Carette. In England, Mamod is the best known maker. They also made moving steam engines. Most stationary steam engines drove flywheels that would be attached to other accessories with belts, driving the workings on the accessory. Factories, windmills and other novelty movements can be found. Tinplate toys are desirable to tinplate collectors who collect names such as Marklin and Bing.
Original paintwork or lithography is important, and damage, often caused by the water and oil used, reduces value. more...Look for original burners and components. Larger demonstration models fetch large sums if sophisticated, well engineered and of a large size. Any finely made ‘live steam’ pieces such as trains that can be ‘ridden’ or are larger than a toy will also usually be desirable and valuable.
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Whale bone scrimshaw by Jesper Rasmussen carved in the form of a whale, engraved with a whaling scene showing two steam ships with a whale, inscribed 'Sperm Whaling, King George Sound, Western Australia. Jesper, 1984, Albany'. Condition: good, mino
Two Australian Maritime Photos. Steam Ship Osterley in Sydney harbour, by the Exchange Studios; HMAS Canberra (with seaplane on deck) from Cremorne point. Silver Gelatin photograph (2)12 x 25 cm & 18 x 27 cm
A scratch built 3 1/2 inch gauge 0-4-2 live steam locomotive, 'Horatio' untested, with detailed cab and backhead fittings, vacuum hoses, handrails and steps, in green livery, with the name plate 'Horatio' to both sides, displayed on a section of track, the
A live steam stationary engine and boiler engine in turned and forged steel and brass, raised on a painted wooden stand bearing a brass plate inscribed 'Made by / A.E Smith / C.M.F V.R [Chief Mechanical Engineer Victorian Railways] / 1919-38,' on a wooden
An early 19th century steam pressure indicator recording gauge, by Maudslay Sons & Field, Engineers, London; the instrument with spigoted screw fitting nozzles, the pressure chamber operating a coiled spring driven gauge and transferring the measurement to
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