The Mamod-Teia steam powered tractor was manufactured in England. This tractor came in two different sizes. The one pictured above is nine inches in size and comes with spoked wheels – no canopy. A larger version of this toy was 10-1/2 inches in size and also came with the spoked wheels but with a canopy.
The pictured tractor much like a real steam tractor comes with the following features:
- Brass boiler
- Tall front stack (3″)
- Spoke wheels
Most steam powered toys were manufactured in the early part of the 20th century with manufacturing continuting until around 1930. Since all of these toys used fuel powered stream action for movement, they were all constructed of metal – including iron, copper, tin and ocassionally die cast aluminum. The live steam power generated by these toys was used to activate various actions on several different kinds of toys, such as
- Large-sized boats
- Model engines
- Other various steam-powered ‘novelty’ toys involving actions
Word of caution, if you find a steam powered toy do not attempt to make it operate on your own . . . particularly, if you have never started a steam engine before or had experience with these steam engine toys. In almost every case, the old steam engine toys that you may find in the market will always need some type of work to make them safe for use.
There are some very good books on the market on how to repair steam engine toys as well as some good collector books for your pleasure education.-