Model steam engine and box, donkey engine, metal /cardboard, Scorpion Superior Model / Model Engineering Products Company / Walther and Stevenson Ltd, Australia, 1947-1956
Model of a working steam engine made of metal, also known as a stationary live steam engine or donkey engine. The boiler consists of a brass cylinder that is attached to a red painted heavy metal square base on four pointed feet, a whistle, piston and fly wheel. The boiler is a brass cylinder that is screwed to the base. It has a burner cavity at the bottom that has been blackened by soot. The top of the cylinder is enclosed with a steam powered whistle and handle. A metal tube curves from the top of the cylinder/boiler to a piston and fly wheel mounted on the side of a brass chamber. A decal on the back of the base of the engine reads 'WALTHER &/ STEVENSON LTD/ 395 GEORGE ST, SYDNEY'. On the front of the base is a decal in yellow with black text 'Scorpion/ REG ADE MARK'.
Eleven extra parts inside the box are comprised of a brass tube, a funnel, wheels and cogs and a bracket.
Box and lid for the donkey engine are made of thin cardboard. The exterior is painted red with the logo 'Scorpion/ MODEL' repeated various times in white. A large picture of a scorpion appears on the lid of the box beneath the words; 'Scorpion/ SUPERIOR MODELS/ "THE TOY FOR YOUR BOY"'. On the side of the box is a white paper label with the words in blue; 'Manufactured by/ MODEL ENGINEERING PRODUCTS CO./ Sydney/ Type/ (in red) DONKEY' adjacent to 'Model No/ (in red) 1' adjacent to 'Colour Scheme/ (in red) RED'.