Russel Frisbie obtained a patent for the engine on August 15, 1871. Frisbie was employed by the J. & E. Stevens Company, the manufacturer of this toy. This walking beam toy engine was one of the first successful steam toy made in America.

Frisbie

Patent 118007 from 1871 - Improvement in Toy Steam Engines

Frisbie

Patent 122593 from 1872 - Improvement in Boilers for Toy Steam Engines