The Weeden No.17 was first manufactured in the 1890's, it was the first engine to have a forward and reverse lever, shown in photo at right, that channeled the steam from one port to the other. Engine could be reversed while running.
It has a sheet metal base with four lead cast feet supporting it. These engines came with three styles of boilers, brass, nickel plated or blued. This one is in brass. The piston arm is detached from the wheel but can easily be fixed at any steel shop.
Weeden ceased making the No. 17 in 1933, at that time it sold for $4.50.
The engine stands 8 1/4" high and the base is 5 1/2" x 4 1/2".
Weeden Steam Engine No 17