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Folk Art: Folk Sculpture: American-type Locomotive Model, without Tender
American-type Locomotive Model, without Tender


American-type Locomotive Model, without Tender
about 1860s-1880s
Unidentified artist
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
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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.


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