Velocipede Patent Model

Description
Charles Hammelmann, of Buffalo, New York, was issued Patent 225,010 for a velocipede on March 2, 1880. Hammelmann submitted this model to the Patent office with his patent application. The model depicts a tricycle propelled by two foot-operated, spring-returned levers that rock sector-racks meshed with ratchet gears on the front-wheel axle. The model was transferred to the Smithsonian in 1926. It is not known whether a full-scale version of this tricycle was ever manufactured.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1800
patent date
1880-03-02
inventor
Hammelmann, Charles
associated place
United States: New York, Buffalo
Associated Place
United States: New York
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (saddle material)
Measurements
overall: 8 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in x 8 3/4 in; 21.59 cm x 11.43 cm x 22.225 cm
rear wheels: 2 1/4 in; x 5.715 cm
front wheel: 6 in; x 15.24 cm
ID Number
TR.309258
catalog number
309258
accession number
89797
patent number
225,010
See more items in
Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
America on the Move
Bicycling
Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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