The early DC motors were two
types. This electric motor is very similar to the Electro-magnetic Toy Engine
pole DC motors came a little later, like the Erector set Gilbert DC motor
the rotating motors there were reciprocating motors that
much like steam engines.
I heard from John P. that these were mainly used with the
of steam engines as DC generators. That makes a lot of
since Weeden's main product was steam engines. Also he
power this as a motor takes a lot of current (8 A @ 6 V seems
checking shows some minor problems. The brush holder has
removed from the frame and you can see a couple of sheet metal
brushes. One of them is too weak to make good
Someone has put a tapered rivet to trap a wire and make
contact to one
of the brushes, that's OK, but it may also be shorting to the
frame. That wire has a bad solder joint to the wire from
coil going to the input terminal post on the left. Much
would be to run the wire directly to the terminal.
There are a number of places where a bare wire is very close
touching the frame.
It's hard to see in this photo, but on the shiny metal plate
the two coils the word WEEDEN appears engraved into the metal.
The two brackets that hold the shaft are non magnetic.
correct otherwise they would be bypassing the armature.
clear if there's an iron bar between the sheet metal base and
Weeden is known for their model steam engines. This
electro-magnetic machine could be used as either a generator
or as a
motor in a steam engine setup.
brushes are bent so that the surface that rubs on the
commutator is 90
degrees from the mounting surface.
The material has arrived to allow making
If you have any exploded parts diagrams or other info on this
motor please let me know
it was assembled does not look like a factory job.
To order a 3" x 3" x 0.009" piece of phosphor bronze see the Phosphor Bronze Brush Kit
283307 Music Box, W.N. Weeden,
1883, 84/94.1 ; 84/166 - in watch case
318335 Toy Motor, W.N. Weeden, May 19, 1885, 60/669 ;
vertical boiler toy steam engine
1735057 Toy Steam Engine, William. Ritchie (Weeden Mfg), Nov
12, 1929, 219/535
; 104/DIG.1; 219/531; 392/459 - horizontal boiler w/A.C. mains
2044737 Toy Railway, William.
Ralph Delano (Weeden Mfg), Jun 16, 1936, 246/174 ;
105/43; 246/125; 246/206; 246/207 - spring power
Carbide (acetylene) Gas Cannon - moved to
Pop Guns web page.
Electro-Magnetic Toy Engine
- used with early Erector Sets
larger small appliance motor (maybe also Gilbert).
- works like a steam engine
Toy Motor Kit
modern version as well as Science First demonstartion motor
No. 6 Dry Cell
- and Flash Amps as
measured with Pocket Ampmeters
Western Union Self Winding Clocks - use vibrating DC motor to
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