American-type Locomotive Model, without Tender

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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.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department
Painting and Sculpture
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Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 27B
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor
ca. 1860s-1880s
Object number
1986.65.335A-B
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson
Artist
Unidentified (American)
Topic
Architecture\vehicle\train
Medium
carved and painted wood with fabric and metal
Dimensions
11 7/8 x 28 1/2 x 8 in. (30.2 x 72.4 x 20.3 cm.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Type
Sculpture
Folk Art