Märklin’s Café Station, flaunts the company’s renowned attention to detail. In addition to a clock and weathervane, the roof has tiny cast-lead insulators to capture imaginary electrical current. Removing the roof revealed an interior fully furnished with tables and chairs, in addition to several small holders for candles that could be lit to illuminate the station for nighttime play. Wax and soot still clings to the interiors of many toy stations in the Jerni Collection.


  • Title: Cafe station
  • Creator: Märklin
  • Date Created: 1904-1919
  • Location Created: Nuremberg, Germany
  • Physical Dimensions: 15 3/4 × 16 1/2 × 11 3/4 in. (40 × 41.9 × 29.8 cm)
  • Type: Toy
  • Medium: Metal, glass, paint
  • Object Number: 2014.31.856a-h
  • Credit Line: New-York Historical Society, Jerni Collection, acquired with generous support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Richard Gilder, and an anonymous donor

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