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Iron, wood, leather, textile, paint
Overall: 36 x 22 3/4 x 47 in. ( 91.4 x 57.8 x 119.4 cm )
Metal plaque affixed under the seat inscribed: "PATENT/NOVEMBER 20TH 1866/G.L. BROWNELL/N. BEDFORD MASS./437" metal plaque suspended from handlebars inscribed: "BICYCLE / MADE BY / G.L. BROWNELL / 1866"
Bicycle with iron frame; wooden wheels, spokes, pedals, and handles; wheels bound with iron; stuffed seat covered with leather. Remnants of red and black paint throughout.
Gallery Label: 
Affixed labels indicate that bicycle was produced by the factory of George L. Brownell, located in New Bedford, MA. Brownell was a noted carriage, coach and hearse maker active in New Bedford from about 1840, and by 1889 was considered to be one of the United States' largest carriage manufacturers.
Credit Line: 
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group