Regarded by many as the premier German toy maker, the company was founded in 1859 by Theodor Märklin. They manufactured a range of high quality steam toys until sometime around 1960. Märklin were also very early producers of toy trains and they are still well known today for their range of HO and Z scale models.
I have always rather liked vertical boiler engines, there is something so delightfully "Edwardian" about them. This Märklin was the first "Candle Stick" engine in my collection. It is in pretty well original condition complete with spirit burner.
The style of the maker's mark dates it as pre 1929. As one would expect from a product of the Märklin factory the build quality is superb. This is a heavy solidly built engine and makes an interesting comparison with contemporary products, from makers such as Bing, which are much lighter.
The only thing that seemed wrong with it when I bought it was the chimney. This was obviously not original as it was just a piece of plain brass tube and was about 1mm too large in diameter. This was replaced it with some brass tube of the correct size. Stuck in the top of the burner was what looked like a brass chimney cap! This proved to be a perfect fit in the new chimney tube.