Hello everyone! I am not sure if this is the right category, sorry if it is not. Back in July we bought an estate and home of an inventor who collected everything to do with steam engines and trains. He even had a steam train that worked on the property before he passed away. We have been slowly going through all the belongings that we stored away when we bought the home and this interesting item was discovered. We listed it on eBay but aren't sure if we will keep it on there, sell it, or keep the item. The historic society wants it and said we could use the donation as a tax write off but it all depends on what this thing is and what it may be worth. I am hoping that by joining this forum, I can get some information on this item, and future items that we uncover as we dig through this place. We looked up the patent for this item, and it was invented by a RI Senator named Henry Sprague. We have received several emails about the auction, one of which was somebody who said that he believed it to be a show model that the owner would take around to try and sell his idea. We are really at a loss and want to make sure we do the right thing with it. Below is info I took from the eBay auction I have going, and some photos that I will spread out over a few posts. Thank you in advance for anything you can tell me about this! Here is also a video of it working. I am not allowed to post a link to the video as I am a new member, but you can copy and paste it yourself if youd like to see. You should be able to get 1080p once youtube finishes processing it. youtu.be/rGZdGurOmss H.D. Sprague was a RI Senator in 1898, and we believe his brother was a Governor in RI. There is a historic home named after him called the Henry Sprague House in Providence. We have been trying to find out as much information about his as possible, and also trying to find out more about this model. We believe it may be one of a kind and possibly very rare. There is parchment nailed to the top of the box with writing on it that has faded over time, but you can still make some of it out. It says James Sheridan, 17 Meeting St, Providence, RI (that is all I can barely make out) . James Sheridan's name is listed on the patent office website as being involved somehow in the patent. The 3 pieces of track are mounted to wood, and fit inside the box as shown in the photo. The train itself is very heavy and glides on the tracks as it should. The switch works, but there is a tiny screw or something missing from where the switch attaches to the tracks. Was kept in a box, in the attic of an estate and home I recently purchased. The previous owner collected everything to do with trains, locomotives, and steam engines.