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American-type Locomotive Model, without Tender

ca. 1860s-1880s Unidentified (American) carved and painted wood with fabric and metal 11 7/8 x 28 1/2 x 8 in. (30.2 x 72.4 x 20.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.335A-B Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 27B

Luce Center Label

Model trains made of lead or tin became popular after the transcontinental railroad line was finished in 1869. The triangular metal fixture on the front of this model locomotive is called a cowcatcher, which was used to push cows off the tracks when the train was unable to stop.


Architecture - vehicle - train


folk art

fabric - burlap

fabric - canvas


metal - brass

metal - iron