WEEDEN UNIQUE STEAM ENGINES
There are over 100 different models of Weeden toy steam engines, many are very similar with only small details distinguishing them. Added to the mix are these totally unique engines.
The Weeden No. 15 stands 8" high. It was introduced in 1894 and produced into 1898. The No. 19 used the identical engine.
The Weeden 16 was a special engine manufactured for Sears. Introduced in mid 1890's and produced until 1915, base is
Ebay Sales of No. 16's
August / 13 - Needs Restoration. - 9 bids - 315.00 USD
Feb. / 14 - Complete, good condition - 17 bids - 474.99 USD
The Weeden No. 20's base is also a burner with a wick similar to a coal oil lamp, the chimney vents through the boiler on most models. It stands 11" high, diameter at base 4 1/2", it has a brass boiler, early models may have had a brass base, the red painted base is more common. Introduced in 1894 and production continued with minor changes for over 50 years. A similar model with a gun metal finished brass boiler and nickle base was sold as the No. 53. An electric version was introduced as the No. 720 in 1933.
This engine is designed to burn either alcohol or coal oil (lamp oil).
As described in their catalogue, "The lamp and draft arrangements in this engine is especially adapted for the use of petroleum oil to be used in places where alcohol cannot be easily obtained, and the cost of petroleum oil for fuel is very small compared with alcohol."
Ebay Sales of No. 20's
Feb. /12 - Rough, missing base - 14 bids - 75.99 USD
July /11 - Good condition, missing smokestack - 12 bids - 92.00 USD
Feb. /15 - Good condition - 24 bids - 108.00 USD
Aug. /11 - Complete with box and accessories - 9 bids - 110.00 USD
May /12 - Good condition, Big Giant - 17 bids - 130.48 USD
June /11 - Good condition - 18 bids - 155.50 USD
June /11 - Very good condition - 18 bids - 201.50 USD
The Weeden Force No. 37 is equipped with a water pump that will throw a stream of water about six feet at normal engine speed. Their catalogue suggests that rival contests with two pumps to see which can throw water the farthest will prove an unfailing source of amusement. It was introduced in 1896 and produced for about 40 years. It stands 8 3/4" high, base measures 6" X 8 1/2".
Ebay Sales of No. 37's
Oct./ 15 - Complete, good condition. - 22 bids - 102.70 USD
July /10 - Complete, good condition - 6 bids - 166.66 USD
June /11 - Good condition, missing pump bulb - 16 bids - 172.50 USD
Nov. / 13 - Ex. condition - 9 bids - 283.67 USD
The Weeden No. 43 has stairs and a balcony, uncommon for a Weeden, the boiler may be blued steel or brass, the hardwood base is grey with black edges and measures 5" X 8", it stands 12" high. A later model No. 43, an electrically heated horizontal boiler style engine was introduced by National Playthings in the 1940's.
This engine was introduced in 1896 and continued in production into 1918.
Ebay Sales of No. 43's
April/15 - Good condition - 13 bids -294.29 USD
These Weedens are unusual in that they have a D shaped boiler with a flat bottom and the fly wheel shaft runs parallel to the boiler.
The No. 70 is the smallest of the three with a 2 5/8" X 5" base and standing 6" high.
The No. 71 is the mid size version, base is 3" X 6" and it stands 7 1/2" high.
Both were introduced in 1908 and produced until 1912.
The Weeden No. 72 is the largest of three similar engines, the other two being the No. 70 and No. 71. The base is 7" X 4" and it stands 8 3/4" high. Introduced in 1908 and produced until 1912.
Ebay Sales of No. 72's
Feb./11 - Needs repairs, no burner - 10 bids - 392.00 USD
This Weeden No. 121, also known as the "Pioneer" was a design produced by Edgar Side and bought by Weeden. The first production from 1919 to 1920 was an alcohol burner model. It was later revived as an electrically heated model in 1927 and produced until 1940. The base is 7" X 10" and it stands 10 1/2" high.
Ebay Sales of No. 121's
April / 09 - Very nice condition - 25 bids - 685.00 USD
This Weeden No. 802 is not unusual looking, in fact it looks just like a No. 702, a known electrically heated model. What makes it unusual is that this flame heated model has never been listed anywhere, it should not exist, yet it does complete with original operating instructions with No. 802 printed on them.
Ebay Sales of No. 802's
June / 12 - Good condition, with burner - 6 bids - 135.50 USD