American-type Locomotive Model, without Tender

  • Unidentified (American), American-type Locomotive Model, without Tender, ca. 1860s-1880s, carved and painted wood with fabric and metal, 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.

Title
American-type Locomotive Model, without Tender
Artist
Date
ca. 1860s-1880s
Location
Dimensions
11 7/8 x 28 1/2 x 8 in. (30.2 x 72.4 x 20.3 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
carved and painted wood with fabric and metal
Classifications
Keywords
  • Architecture – vehicle – train
Object Number
1986.65.335A-B
Palette
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