Bicycle

Bicycle
Title
Bicycle
Date 
1866
Medium 
Iron, wood, leather, textile, paint
Dimensions 
Overall: 36 x 22 3/4 x 47 in. ( 91.4 x 57.8 x 119.4 cm )
Description 
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.
Credit Line 
Purchase
Object Number 
1922.116
Marks 
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"
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group