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On View Seamans Gallery, level 2

Object description

  • American artist
  • Velocipede, 1855-1865
  • Wood, paint, metal
  • United States
  • H: 31 1/4 in, W: 32 1/2 in, D: 21 3/4 in (H: 79.4 cm, W: 82.5 cm, D: 55.2 cm)
  • Gift of Frank D. Hutchinson, 1993
  • 101303


This is a child's velocipede (a precursor to a bicycle) with a three wheeled lever push. There is a carved horse's head above the front wheel. It is painted in bright primary colors with decorative brushwork (graining, striping, and floral elements) to the seat and the horse's head.

Exhibition History

  • American Decorative Arts exhibition, Peabody Essex Museum; June 03, 2003 through Present
  • In the American Spirit: Folk Art from the Collections, Museum of Sydney, Sydney, Australia; March 25, 1996 through September 27, 1996