London, South Kensington
1 December 2000
The Steam Crane
extremely rare painted tinplate crane, red painted vertical steam engine with canopy, crane with loading bucket, rachet, brake, winding gear, string pull and fly-wheel, pivoted on four wheeled base --11¼in. (28.5cm.) high x 9½in. (24cm.) long (F-G, some paint loss)
Formerly in the London Toy and Model Museum.
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This toy is considerably more complex than the Road Roller, and the crane has parts from the Britains Model Crane, and various wheels, cogs and cast metal parts from early Britains Toys. Possible the only known surviving example.
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